‘SDLP Supports Rail Petition’ – McNulty

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Monday, June 6th, 2016
Community, Politics
SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh, Justin McNulty, has said that he fully supports the online petition for a fair rail service to Newry City. justin4Welcoming the petition McNulty said, “The SDLP fully supports the demands of the petition – to ensure that commuter services are enhanced to Belfast from Newry in the morning time and that all services are direct, without the need to change in Portadown, and without two and more hour long gaps between services. “The petition also calls for more local services to and from Belfast during the day. The SDLP has been very proactive on this issue and had a rail users forum set up under the Newry and Mourne Council. “We met the Minister and presented her with a range of statistics from across the North highlighting that Newry has suffered the biggest cut in services with a reduction of 55%. The SDLP locally has consistently been raising their concerns about the eroding of services to and from Newry,” he insisted.
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May June 2016 updated“We are all acutely aware that the £14 million investment in the new Railway Station in Newry is not bearing fruit in the form of good service provision for the city and surrounding area. In addition to this, whilst rail services are being substantially increased in other areas, Newry has had services cut – this is completely unacceptable. McNulty added, “A modern, vibrant city like Newry needs an adequate rail service to both Belfast and Dublin. It is the duty of Translink to reinforce Newry as an important part of the strategic rail network. We will continue to work to ensure Newry has an acceptable rail service to both our major cities.”
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