Minister committed to rail improvement for North West

An upgrade to the railway line between Londonderry and Coleraine is back on track, according to Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon.

The feasbility study to get Phase 3 of the Londonderry to Coleraine rail line back on track is now complete
The feasbility study to get Phase 3 of the Londonderry to Coleraine rail line back on track is now complete

Minister Mallon said that improving rail services to the North West is a key part of her priority to address regional imbalance and better connect communities.

She said: “Last year I committed to a new feasibility study to get Phase 3 of the Derry to Coleraine rail line back on track, and ring-fenced funding for that work to be done at pace.

“I am pleased to announce that the feasibility study is now complete and a business case for this important project is currently being prepared and it will be subject to the necessary approval processes.”

She said funding has also been allocated for a further study to examine options of new halts and associated park-and-ride facilities at Strathfoyle, Eglinton/City of Derry Airport and Ballykelly, as well as half hourly services from Londonderry.

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