Daily trains between Derry and Coleraine to be reduced

The number of daily trains between Derry and Coleraine is to be reduced from nine to five - despite the numbers of people using the line increasing by 140% and the route operating at 90% capacity.

The move will leave Derry with just five trains a day during the City of Culture year in 2013, a time when many thousands of tourists are expected to travel there.

Translink is citing a reduction in public funding for re-laying the complete track - now deferred until 2014 - as the reason for the reduced service from next January.

East Derry MLA John Dallat has met with Translink general manager Mal McGreevy to discuss the matter............