Derry train station: Views sought by Translink

Tunnel on Derry to Coleraine line Upgrading the line between Londonderry and Coleraine is already under way

The Londonderry public can voice their preferred option for a replacement train station at three events being held in the city by Translink.

The company is looking at four possibilities.

One option is relocation to the original Waterside station.

Other options are the refurbishment of the existing station, a complete new build at Ebrington or a new 'Waterside Link' station.

"There has been considerable investment in the railway line in the north west over recent years securing the long-term future and sustainability of the Londonderry/Derry line," Translink's Clive Bradberry said.

"Further infrastructure work is planned for 2014 which will see the implementation of a passing loop between Derry/Londonderry and Coleraine due for completion in 2015.

"This will allow us to extend our hourly train services from Belfast to Derry/Londonderry and meet expected growing passenger demand - 1.5m journeys were made along this line in 2011/12.

Potential

"In addition to significant track improvement and safety works, we also want to provide attractive passenger facilities and have identified a series of options for a potential new train station."

Foyle MLA William Hay has championed refurbishment of the Victorian building that was the original Waterside station and said this was still the sensible option.

He said: "There is such affection for this old building in the city and we believe getting it restored and back to its former glory is doable and is the sensible option."

Derry City Councillor Martin Reilly encouraged people to attend the events. "I hope Translink will be able to secure the necessary funding for this proposal, and a robust response from the people of this city to the new consultation will help in that regard," he said.

A brochure and questionnaire are available or can be viewed online.

The consultations begin at Foyleside Shopping Centre on 28 February and 2 March, 09:00-17:00 (GMT), and at Lisnagelvin Leisure Centre on 7 and 9 March, also at 09:00-17:00 (GMT)

There will be displays in Foyle Street Bus Station and Waterside Train Station when consultation is complete. The deadline for public responses is 24 May, 2013.

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