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Positive New Rail figures Prove Previous Discrimination Against East Antrim Commuters

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has said that the recent upsurge in passenger numbers on the East Antrim rail network (Larne Line) highlights that delaying the deployment of new train sets when Sinn Fein and the DUP were in charge of public transport in the Department for Regional Development up to 2011 was a disgrace. Mr Beggs said: “Recent figures released in response to questions I have asked at Stormont are encouraging. Over the past year the Larne line has seen a bigger percentage increase in passenger numbers 12%- than the 3 other major suburban rail routes in Northern Ireland. Undoubtedly that is related to the introduction last year of 20 brand new state of the art trains on the service. It is still early days but I would be confident that trend will continue this year and next. In fact I have been encouraging Translink to introduce more … Continue reading

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Beggs Welcomes More Investment on Rail Line in East Antrim

Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs Jnr has welcomed track and station improvements completed, and about to start on the Larne railway line. Translink have announced several new projects including the replacement of 5 miles of jointed track with continuous welded rail between Whitehead and Larne and a 200 metre extension of the platform at Larne Harbour to accommodate 4 x 3 car trains. The East Antrim MLA said: “I welcome this further investment in the Larne line. Passengers on the Larne line are finally benefitting from the higher levels of comfort available on the new Class 4000 fleet of new trains. The smoother ride which the welded track will provide will enhance the experience of passengers traveling between Whitehead and Larne. The imminent platform extension at the Harbour, adding to completed platform extensions at Larne Town, Whitehead, Downshire, Carrickfergus, Jordanstown and Whiteabbey will enable longer trains to use the stations … Continue reading

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