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Beggs Opposes Part Privatisation of Translink

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs has today voted against the privatisation of Translink public transport services. The Ulster Unionist Party was the only Executive Committee party not to agree to adopt a report which suggests the franchising out of certain Translink routes. Speaking after the debate, Mr Beggs said; “I was shocked to read the DRD Committee report which we were asked to adopt today which made provision for the privatisation of some Translink services. “Under the Ulster Unionist Party Minister, Danny Kennedy, we have seen passenger numbers increase every year on the Larne Line with extra park and ride facilities added at Carrickfergus, Larne and Jordanstown. We have seen new trains, running more frequently with a more convenient schedule. “It is for precisely these reasons that I believe Translink should remain under the control of the Department for Regional Development. I strongly hold the opinion that … Continue reading

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Giro d’Italia can Showcase East Antrim

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr says he is delighted that the world renowned bicycle race the Giro d’Italia  is taking in so much of the East Antrim constituency when it arrives In Northern Ireland for 3 stages next May. Roy, who is a keen cyclist himself said: “It is fantastic news that the Giro d’Italia will be passing along the Antrim Coast road on the Saturday stage of the race on 10th May next year.  We will be able to catch the event passing through Carnlough, Glenarm, Ballygally, Larne, Glynn, Magheramorne, Whitehead, Carrickfergus and Whiteabbey as it heads to Belfast.  This has echoes of last year when the Olympic touch relay made its way through a long stretch of East Antrim along the Coast Road. This is another wonderful opportunity to showcase our beautiful part of the world and really develop our tourism potential. I would love to see … Continue reading

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Red Letter Day as Contractor is appointed for A2 Roadworks

East Antrim Ulster Unionist Party MLA Roy Beggs Jnr, who for many years had been lobbying for the A2 Greenisland up-grade, has welcomed the award of the contract for the A2 Road improvement scheme. Mr Beggs said, “This is a red letter day for the residents, businesses and commuters from Carrickfergus and surrounding area who have suffered significant traffic congestion and delays for decades. With the appointment of a main contractor, the much needed and long awaited work to uncork the Greenisland A2 traffic bottleneck is ready to go. It can be expected that with all the statutory processes completed, work will begin in a few months after the contractor sets up his site yard. At this point it is worth reflecting that the appointment of an Ulster Unionist Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy with a mandate to progress the A2 road dualling in June 2011 was a crucial factor … Continue reading

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Good News at Last for Lindara Residents after Minister’s Visit

Ulster Unionist Minister for Regional Development Danny Kennedy was in Larne on Wednesday afternoon with officials from the Roads Sservice and NI Water to see for himself the unfinished Lindara development. Lindara has the largest value of outstanding roads bonds (£795,260) activated by the Department for Regional Development, in the whole of Northern Ireland. The Minister was shown around the development by a delegation of Ulster Unionist Party representatives led by Roy Beggs MLA and accompanied by Cllr Maureen Morrow and Ald Roy Beggs Snr. Roy Beggs MLA commented: “The issue of the unfinished groundwork at Lindara has been a pressing issue for local residents even well before the developer Eassda Holdings went into administration in 2009. Last summer (July 2011) the DRD Roads Service initiated Article 11 of the Street Order to start the process of completing the outstanding work on the roads, footpaths and sewers using the 10 … Continue reading

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