A RAIL link between Strabane and Derry has been rejected by the Irish Government’s 2030 Rail Network Strategy Review, it has been revealed.
The concept – which Northern Ireland Rail Minister Danny Kennedy says could yet be considered in a future investment framework – did not perform well in a recent feasibility study by Dublin.
A link between Derry and Letterkenny was also assessed by the Irish Government but was also ultimately rejected.
“This could be the end of the line for the idea and it’s a pity,” member of North West of Ireland Railway Society, George Haire said this week.
The Strabane man, who is also the chair of County Donegal Railway Restoration Ltd says the decision will do nothing towards encouraging people to use public transport.
“I don’t know what the cost of the new A5 will be but I do know, you could have built a railway for less.”
He added, “How does a government expect a country to develop without this kind of (rail) network.”