News | Catney reiterates call for opening of Knockmore Line

Catney reiterates call for opening of Knockmore Line

Lagan Valley MLA Pat Catney has reiterated the SDLP’s call for the opening of the Knockmore rail line between Lisburn and Antrim. His remarks come following a meeting with Chief Executive of Translink, Chris Conway. During this meeting, Mr Catney raised questions regarding the status of the Knockmore rail line.

He said:

“The Knockmore line was mothballed in 2003, leaving residents in Glenavy and Crumlin without train services for the last 15 years.

“Despite closing the line, the Department for Infrastructure has invested more than £1.5 million in maintaining the track for training and emergency diversions.

“The SDLP has long suggested that re-opening the line could create a 3.5-hour journey between Dublin and Derry, with a direct link to Belfast International Airport.

“A direct rail link to airports is taken for granted in most major European cities yet, we have no direct link to any of our airports.

“The Knockmore rail line has the opportunity to unlock more of our tourism potential than many other capital projects. This should not be held back by budget cuts and technocrats. Having an Executive in place and a functioning Assembly could help address the lack of imagination when it comes to our public transport system.”

Pat Catney MLA

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