All Island Rail Review: Re-Open the Knockmore Line


SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has launched an all island rail review, to connect local communities across the island and respond to the climate crisis. This unprecedented all island review is our opportunity to press for the re-opening the Knockmore line, which was closed in 2003, leaving West and North Lisburn, Ballinderry, Glenavy and Crumlin without train services for the last 18 years.

The Knockmore line could transform our local area, providing us with well connected public transport between our local communities and with cities and people across the island. Pat Catney MLA is asking you to add your name to a detailed consultation response calling for the line to re-open, connecting our area by rail once more.

Pat Catney All Island Rail Review






As a resident of the Lagan Valley area, I welcome the ambitious All Island Rail Review and believe this is an opportunity to enhance regional and rural accessibility between areas like like Ballinderry and Glenavy to Lisburn, Antrim, Derry, Dublin and Cork.

Additionally it will contribute to decarbonisation by opening up a public transit line in an area of growing commuter residence, along with connections to other major transport infrastructure.

Re-opening the Knockmore Line will improve all island connectivity by providing a potential high speed connection between the North-West and South-East, including Dublin, Waterford and Cork.

Furthermore, the re-opening of the Knockmore line has the potential to foster economic activity by connecting Lisburn, Ballinderry and Glenavy to the rapidly developing Eastern Economic Corridor and the new opportunities for manufacturing that exist as a result.

This is the key gap in rail provision in the Belfast region - a rail connection between growing population centres between Lisburn and Antrim. Your SDLP team here in Lagan Valley believe re-establishing this line as an operational part of the all island rail network will be an important part of achieving the review's goals.

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