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Reducing rail services all too easy for NIR

When Londonderry trains were switched to the rebuilt Bleach Green to Antrim mainline in the early 2000s, the Lisburn to Antrim line was mothballed - in spite of pleas to keep it open.

As a result, all stations on the line were closed.

Knockmore halt was unusual in that it was served in the up direction by the relatively frequent Portadown service, whereas it was served in the down direction by the much less frequent Londonderry service.

The staggered platforms are now enclosed in impenetrable steel fencing.

Was there really any need to close Knockmore, given its vicinity to a large housing estate?

It is all too easy to close an open station; it is considerably harder to re-open a closed station.

It would be nice to see NIR re-opening a closed station for once - instead of the other way round.

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MATTHEW TENNIS

Bangor, Co Down


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