Antrim-Knockmore Railway

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:15 pm on 5th March 2001.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP 3:15 pm, 5th March 2001

The Department for Regional Department provides Translink with an annual subsidy to meet the deficit it incurs in operating railway services in Northern Ireland. The Department expects to pay about £12 million to Translink in the current financial year. However, the subsidy is not route-specific. Therefore there is no information available as to the level of subsidy that is required to operate the Antrim-Knockmore section of the Londonderry-Belfast route.

In the light of the proposal to close the Antrim to Knockmore line, I accept that we must obtain the best estimate of how much subsidy would be required to continue to operate services on this line in addition to providing a service from Antrim to Belfast via Bleach Green. My Department has asked Translink to provide this information.