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NI Railways seek to deploy new fleet on peak services across network including Larne Line

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA, a member of the Infrastructure Committee has received details from Minister Mallon on how the new NI Railways fleet will be deployed on peak services across the network. Mr Roy Beggs, UUP Infrastructure Spokesperson asked the Minster: (i) “what assessment has been made to determine which railway lines and routes are best suited to benefit from the utliisation of the new rail carriages which will enable seven existing Class 4000 three car trains to extend into six car sets; and (ii) how they will be allocated.” Responding to the UUP MLA, Minister Nichola Mallon advised: “Last month I was delighted to launch the first of seven new extended train sets into passenger service providing passengers on some of our busiest routes with more capacity, space and comfort on their journeys. I hope that this investment of over £66m will encourage more … Continue reading

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Beggs reiterates that the NI Protocol is not working

Speaking during the debate on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Standards: Bespoke Agreement at Stormont on Monday, East Antrim UUP MLA Roy Beggs has again outlined that the NI Protocol is not working; is significantly disrupting E-W trade and that a rethink is needed. Roy Beggs MLA said: “The Northern Ireland protocol is not working. It is significantly disrupting trade east-west. A rethink is needed. It is costing our businesses and, increasingly, it will cost our constituents in their pockets as they buy the essential items in their daily lives. We all have to remember that we have had only a small taster of the bureaucracy, disruption and cost that is likely to occur. I am aware, for instance, that many hauliers have stopped using the port of Dublin because it is implementing the fuller level of protocol testing and paperwork and are coming in via Cairnryan instead. There is another level … Continue reading

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Beggs condemns those behind vicious attack in Carrickfergus

“I condemn the vicious attack on a by an organised gang in Cherry Walk area of Carrickfergus. PSNI indicate that baseball bats were used to repeatedly strike the victim on the head, chest and legs. There can be no justification for this and my thoughts are with the victim & I trust he has a swift recovery. Such barbaric attacks can result in life changing injury and adds to the already considerable pressures on the NHS. If you can help the PSNI with their investigation into this attack, please call 101 or alternatively contact the anonymous Crimestoppers helpline on 0800 555 111.”

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Beggs highlights unsuspecting Half Marathon visitors receiving Laharna car park fines

East Antrim Ulster Unionist representative Roy Beggs MLA has been contact by 5 unsuspecting visitors to the Larne Half Marathon who have received costly Smart Parking fines for over staying at the Laharna Retail Park Carpark, having previously helped over 100 constituents get their costly bills squashed. Given that many more hundreds of visitors will have received fines he has posed further questions to the Infrastructure and the Economy and Ministers. Roy Beggs MLA said “I have now received over 120 constituency enquiries from individuals who have received costly Smart Parking Bills or letters from debt collection agencies for having over staying in the 3hr car parking time limit at the Laharna Retail Park. I expect that this is a small fraction of the total number of those who have received bills. Whilst I have been able to assist with squashing the vast majority of these bills due to a … Continue reading

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Beggs raises concerns at lengthy recruitment process for new driving examiners

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party Assemblyman Roy Beggs MLA has voiced concerns at the lengthy time it is taking for a five-stage recruitment process to be realised for much needed driving examiners. Roy Beggs MLA, UUP Infrastructure Spokesperson, speaking during a recent Infrastructure Committee meeting said; “I appreciate that there has been a significant increase in testing, and staff have been working evenings and weekends. However, they can do that for only so long, and I am concerned that there is still a considerable backlog. Mention was made of a five-stage recruitment process, and the new driving examiners who were promised before the summer have not even been recruited yet. I am concerned that there is a lack of urgency to bring on additional staff to deal with the problem. Will it be two years before the backlog is addressed? A constituent advised me of the experience that he had … Continue reading

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