East Londonderry SDLP MLA John Dallat has compared the UUP Rail Minister Danny Kennedy favourably to the erstwhile Sinn Féin and DUP Ministers Conor Murphy, Gregory Campbell and Peter Robinson following his renewed commitment to the Londonderry line.
He said: “This is the second time Danny Kennedy has honoured a commitment to the future of the railway acting in stark contrast to his predecessors who left this railway to wither on the vine.
“The signing of a contract for £40.1 million to complete Phase II of the upgrade to the Belfast-Derry Railway is a highly significant step forward to achieve an efficient and effective intercity service.
“I sincerely hope that this announcement is the beginning of a new commitment to investment in both road and rail infrastructure in the North West.
“The modernisation of this railway was an ambition that refused to die, kept alive by sheer people power. Those who regularly use this rail service have ensured that the Derry line now carries more passengers than the Belfast-Dublin Line, seriously strengthening the pressure to invest in both trains and track.
“We must now see progress on the creation of a new state of the art station in Derry.”