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27/09/2021

Reilly calls for Department for Infrastructure to bring rail plans to Council

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The Department for Infrastructure has been called on to bring rail plans before Derry City and Strabane District Council. The call comes from SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly (pictured). Speaking after a meeting of the Council's Environment and Regeneration Committee, of which he is chairman, Cllr Reilly said: “The Council regularly hears from DfI Roads division on their future plans and maintenance routines for the city and district so yesterday I proposed that we also invite in the relevant officials from the Department for Infrastructure to outline their plans for investment in the rail services for people in the northwest. Recent years have seen much needed investment in the line itself and improvement in the timetable but much more is needed for our city to have the rail options that the people of the northwest deserve.” “The SDLP want to see not only better rail connections to Dublin on the existing Belfast route but also future development of the line here to serve other places across the northwest." Cllr Reilly concluded: There was unanimous support across the Chamber for DfI to be invited before the Committee as an opportunity for them to outline what they intend to do to meet the growing demand for rail here. I look forward to hearing from the Department in due course.”

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