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Need to get Ballymena rail and bus station over the line – McKay

20 December, 2015

North Antrim Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has said he will continue to maintain pressure on the Infrastructure Minister appointed after the next Assembly election to get a new bus and rail station for Ballymena 'over the line'. 

Mr McKay who has campaigned for a new station was speaking after questioning the present Regional Development Minister on the issue.

Daithí McKay said: 

"Ballymena has been left behind in regard to its bus and rail station infrastructure. 

“While Coleraine and Antrim stations have had significant face-lifts Ballymena station still looks the same as it did when I went to school there. 

“That is not good enough though I welcome the commitment to a feasibility study which will be completed in 2016/’17.

"However, we still do not have an assurance that this will be a major priority for the department. What we need is an assurance that the business case for the station will be completed swiftly and of course appropriate capital funding provided to build this new station.

"I will continue to campaign and work to ensure this is a number one priority for the department and for whoever is appointed as the new Minister of Infrastructure after May.

"To increase the number of people using public transport we need a modern bus and rail station that is both comfortable and fit for purpose. There is no justification for somewhere the size of Ballymena to continue to be left behind compared to other towns in the north."

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