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Sinn Féin delegation visit Dutch capital to explore rapid transit systems

28 February, 2008

Sinn Féin MLA Raymond McCartney was part of a cross-party delegation of the Assembly's Regional Development Committee that travelled to Holland last week on a study visit exploring public transportation and in particular rapid transit.

Commenting on the visit, Mr McCartney stated,

"The concept of rapid transit and its benefits have been realised in Dublin since the LUAS was established. In terms of Belfast, the propositions for the type of rapid transit are still being considered, however in the Programme for Government, which the Executive agreed and the Assembly endorsed, Sinn Féin's Conor Murphy has committed his Department to be working on the scheme by 2011.

"Derry also needs to develop a integrated transport system and network that will meet this city needs over the next number of decades and that plan needs to include improved public transport including a light rail system.

"Ultimately, we want to create an appropriate and effective system that encourages more people out of their cars and into public transport which will be fast, reliable and safe. We want a system that will get people across the city and from the outer areas of the city to the inner-city.

"A light rail system in Derry could meet the needs of the city in the coming decades and I was very impressed by the economic and environmental aspects of the Dutch light railway system." ENDS

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