Push to get more people to use train

THE Larne Line Passenger Group (LLPG) has welcomed Translink’s recent decision to shelve proposed cuts to services on the Larne-Belfast railway line.

The Group, which includes commuters and political representatives from the Newtownabbey area, was set up six and a half years ago by users of the route with the aim of securing improved services for passengers.

Despite Translink having put off any cuts to services in the short-term, the LLPG is still aiming to increase passenger numbers as part of its ‘Use It or Lose It’ campaign in a bid to secure the long-term future of the route, which serves Whiteabbey and Jordanstown stations.

Alan McGookin, Chairman of the Group commented: “We are aware that widening works on the A8 (Belfast to Larne) road could start as early as next month and we feel this will prove an invaluable opportunity for Translink to significantly increase its patronage on the Larne Line.”