Rush to public transport…

Use of public transport is up: Metro in Belfast up 10%: Goldenline Express up more than 16% April; and trains on the Bangor to Portadown central corridor since June in more than 15%. Sammy Wilson’s not impressed. Both the Larne and Derry lines are suffering from long term underinvestment. Translink announced £23.6million in government investment in December 2004, which saved the Derry and Larne lines from closure.

  • Crataegus

    Proves that investment pays, but need a radical shift from road construction.

    Use of the line from Portadown will really increase when West Link work starts. Wonder if the rolling stock is in place to cope?

  • Scotsman

    The one tangible benefit I can recall from the Assembly was the decision it took to keep what remains of NI Railways intact. The money’s there, but it seems like the staff have gone AWOL on the Larne line!

  • Crataegus

    Scotsman

    There was no commitment to upgrade either the line to Derry or the Larne line. Some money was invested in new rolling stock, but transport strategy here is very much roads based.

  • Scotsman

    Maybe it is- but the brief outbreak of democracy did help stop things getting worse. As I recall, plans were afoot to scrap NIR, more or less.