Rail danger of losing train services, group warns

The Larne Line Passenger Group is stepping up its ‘Use It or Lose It’ campaign in a bid to encourage more people in East Antrim to use train services on the Larne - Belfast route.

“Whilst Translink have made us aware that they wish to give the line a chance, now that it is served by brand new Class 4000 trains, they need to see improved numbers using it otherwise they may be faced with the need to reduce the service frequency,” a spokesperson for the group warned.

The introduction of new rolling stock on the line, which serves Whiteabbey and Jordanstown, has helped to improve punctuality figures, and the Passenger Group is urging commuters in towns and villages along the route to start using the train again.

Group Chairman, Alan McGookin explained: “We have asked Translink for the new trains to be given a chance on the Larne Line. So our campaign will concentrate on increasing passenger numbers for the next 12 months. We are hoping that this will have the desired effect on the Department of Regional Development of releasing the extra cash which is required to run the current level of services plus the overall improvements Translink is planning to introduce.”

Meanwhile, the group will be holding a public meeting at the McNeill Theatre, Larne on Tuesday, March 6 at 7.30pm. People are being invited to attend and show their support for the maintenance and improvement of local rail services.