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Fears for Bellarena Train Station allayed

20 January, 2009

Sinn Féin councillor Paddy Butcher has stated that fears of local people in the Magilligan area that the Derry Belfast train service is no longer to stop at Bellarena station have been allayed.

Limavady Cllr Butcher said:

"My party colleague and fellow Bellarena councillor John McElhinney and I tabled a Notice of Motion which was presented to Limavady Borough Council on 2nd December calling on Translink to publicly state their plans for the Ballarena train station. We were delighted to receive a very positive reply from Philip O'Neill, Senior General Manager of Translink who wrote to us last week; he has now confirmed that "... Translink have no plans to cease operations at Bellarena Halt".

"His letter went on to state that although no DDA (disability) works have as yet been carried out that these improvements "may be required to facilitate the revised track layout following the imminent Coleraine/Derry track re-lay and timetable improvements".

"Service improvements and infrastructure upgrades will be implemented from 2009 to 2014. Passenger journeys have doubled on this line in the last five years and local people in Magilligan will be delighted to learn of this investment in our area which has had nothing but bad press in recent months about unprecedented job losses." concluded Cllr Butcher.

"Cllr McElhinney and I will be liaising closely with Translink and the Department of Regional Development to keep the people informed of progress." CRÍOCH

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