3/30/2005

Tracking the trains

Fair play to UUP MLA Ken Robinson for highlighting the inadequency of the railway system in the north. Rail travel is something I believe should be developed in order to keep cars off the roads and encourage public transport, yet on the both sides of the border the railway system is sadly lacking. In the north, there are railway stations in only 4 of the 6 counties and down south there is a similar lack of infrastructure. A couple of summers ago I was trying to organise a trip to Donegal only to find that in one of the most popular counties for tourism, there is not a single rail link. Indeed none of the tourist spots around Ireland can be reached by rail without travelling through Dublin. I believe we need an island-wide review of rail travel and investment should be made in order to widen the choices people have in using this method of transport.

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