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High speed rail link plans welcomed - Ó Donnghaile

25 June, 2018 - by Niall Ó Donnghaile

Sinn Féin Seanadóir Niall Ó Donnghaile has called for a strengthening of the rail and road links between Belfast and Dublin. 

His comments come after the Irish government today announced they now plan on carrying out a feasibility study into the long called for high-speed rail link between Ireland's two main cities.  

Seanadóir Ó Donnghaile said: 

"Firstly I welcome the government's announcement today that they plan to carry out a feasibility study into a high-speed rail link between Belfast and Dublin. 

"Approximately one million passengers use the Enterprise annually and they deserve a quality service which would see more than eight daily departures and shorter travel times. 

"Brexit is threatening Ireland's economy north and south. Business, retail and tourism sectors are also demanding investment in this much-needed service to combat the potentially disastrous fall out of Brexit.  

“The upgrade of this link makes economic, social and practical sense and would provide a major boost to the economy through better connectivity and job creation. 

“I am disappointed at the lack of inclusion of the Derry/Donegal and broader north west region in the development of these transport links. The feasibility, if it is to fulfil its full potential should look at the inclusion of this area within the issue of transport connectivity and development.

"It is now vital this study is backed up with a clear timeframe for completion and publication. I will be facilitating engagement between government and key stakeholders involved in the campaign for this service as a matter of urgency."

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