Additional train services to Newry welcomed
SDLP MLA for Newry and Armagh Justin McNulty has welcomed the proposed additional train services to Newry and has praised the local community for ‘keeping the pressure on Translink and Minister Chris Hazzard’ to deliver the additional services.
Speaking to Newry Times, McNulty said, “The news this week by Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard is a welcome announcement.
“This is something the local community has been demanding for many months now and it’s good to see action, even on the eve of an Assembly Election.
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“Over the last eight months, I have pushed the Minister from the position where he wasn’t even asking officials about the Belfast-Dublin rail service to now announcing additional services. I have asked many Assembly Questions, raised it during debates and have been working with local people on a petition urging the Minister to act.
“I welcome the news, it good for rail services and its good for Newry. However, I will adopt a wait and see approach at this stage. I want to see the detail of the timetabling, the number of carriages involved and if we have just been added on to Portadown’s schedule.
McNulty added, “Of course these additions can in no way substitute for the much promised Hourly Enterprise Service from Belfast to Dublin. This is something that I hope can and will be progressed during the next Assembly.”
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