Antrim-Knockmore Railway

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Regional Development – in the Northern Ireland Assembly at 3:30 pm on 5th March 2001.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell DUP 3:30 pm, 5th March 2001

Unfortunately, there is no short, simple and obvious answer to the Member’s question nor to the analysis underlying it. I am prepared to look at any option that will assist in keeping the line open. Several options have been placed before me, and I am examining each one. We were told that Irish Rail had spare rolling stock. Approaches were made about this, but it emerged that no such stock is available. There have been indications that Translink might be able to get rolling stock from Great Britain, which might be suitable after modification for our gauge. So far, however, that venture has proved unsuccessful. It is likely to be towards the end of 2003 before Translink can acquire new trains.

I am prepared to examine all options to try to keep the line open.