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26/09/2021

Public urged to attend event at Guildhall this evening calling for 'massive expansion' of rail in North West

Shaun Harkin
The Derry public has been encouraged to attend a meeting this evening which will call on the government to properly fund rail infrastructure in the North West. People Before Profit Cllr Shaun Harkin commented: "I want to encourage the broadest possible attendance at Into The West's meeting in the Guildhall tonight. Into The West has led a relentless campaign over many decades to defend our rail service. "For most of the time their efforts were ignored by the big parties. Now a massive expansion is necessary. As part of declaring a climate emergency the Derry and Strabane Council agreed to demand the completion of phase 3 of the Derry-Coleraine line upgrade. "The Council also agreed to push for a massive expansion of public transportation including rail. A massive expansion of rail for Derry, the North West and across Ireland is absolutely crucial to slashing pollution levels. This is a also potentially a tremendous jobs creator. "It's crucial to end Derry and the North West's isolation. Rail integration can break Derry's economic isolation making it easier for people to work and stay here. To make the Council motion a reality we need a strong people power campaign. This is the only way corporate interests and the political establishment can be challenged. "People from all backgrounds have a compelling reason for getting involved in the climate justice movement now." The meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday July 30 in the Guildhall Green Room.

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