Campaign group say reports of rail link ‘would be fantastic’

THE CAMPAIGN group ‘Into The West’ has said it will be fantastic news if the reports that a railway link between Letterkenny and Derry is recommended in the All Island Rail Review are true.

The review is still in draft form at present and is not expected to be published for another few months.

A line between Letterkenny and Derry is understood to feature in the proposals although it would need to be built from scratch as the tracks between the two were taken up.


Speaking to the Donegal News, Chair of Into the West Steve Bradley said: “If reports are true that the All-island Rail Review will recommend bringing rail back to Letterkenny, then it will be fantastic news. Donegal lost the last of its trains in February 1965, and since then two whole generations have been raised here believing rail is something that only exists elsewhere.

“Letterkenny is the third-largest town in the Republic without trains – and the other two (Navan and Swords) are already due to get rail back, so it is definitely Letterkenny’s time too.

“Derry and Letterkenny also combine to form the cross-border North West City Region, so better links between the two places are essential.

And restored rail to Letterkenny could also lead to halts being introduced in places like Manorcunningham and Newtoncunningham, thereby benefiting a much broader area. So if these reports are true it will be very welcome news indeed for Donegal”.

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