Symbolic protest held trackside by lobbyists
Railway campaigners have taken part in a symbolic protest at the Waterside station in Londonderry where they raged against the latest fiasco to hit a project to upgrade the railway line between the city and Coleraine.
Into The West, a lobby group set up in 2001 to campaign against threats to close the Derry to Coleraine line, is now calling for the minister to ring-fence the £22m set aside for the work so that it will not be used elsewhere, and for the project to be decentralised from DRD and Translink in Belfast to a department based in Derry.
Eamonnn McCann from Into The West said: "We feel let down and angry. Rail workers are apprehensive for their jobs. The whole population should be apprehensive about the effect on jobs if the line isn't brought up to allow for an hourly service to Belfast.
"We want an explicit guarantee that the phase two work is Translink/NIR's absolute top priority and will be competed in the quickest possible time."