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North coast needs better transport links - McKay

16 June, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said that transport infrastructure on the north coast needs to match the quality of the tourist package on offer there.

Speaking on a debate in the Assembly this afternoon, the North Antrim MLA said;

"A political decision many decades ago has resulted in the situation today where places like Ballycastle, unlike Portrush and Portstewart, does not have a link to the train network.

"That being the case it is all the more frustrating that there is a lack of meaningful investment in the bus service in Ballycastle and the north east coast. 

"At the moment we have an Antrim Coaster service that only goes through this area twice a day during the peak tourism period.

"This is along a route that is being justifiably promoted as 'one of the world's great road journeys'.

“There is no doubt there is a demand for better public transport here and agencies need to stop looking at these areas as an easy target for cuts in service provision.

"The minister needs to act in conjunction with the Executive aims of increasing the number of tourists to our shores.

“We need to see Ballycastle and the north east being treated equally as well as other areas of the north coast in terms of public transport provision." 

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