Northern Ireland Railways

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Iris Robinson Iris Robinson DUP, Strangford

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions Northern Ireland Railways has had with the relevant port authorities on the provision of rail access for freight to the ports at (a) Belfast, (b) Larne and (c) Lishally, Londonderry.

Photo of David Cairns David Cairns Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Scotland Office, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (also Scotland Office), Northern Ireland Office

NIR has had no discussions with the relevant port authorities on the provision of rail access for freight to ports at Belfast, Larne and Lishally, Londonderry.

Rail freight is uncompetitive for short journeys and for this reason rail freight operations ceased in Northern Ireland in 2004. No case has been made to revive it.

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