Passengers using the Belfast to Derry railway line are to be taken by bus between Coleraine and Derry for up to two years because of concerns over safety.
The disruption will affect a third of trains using the route.
It's also emerged that a complete refurbishment of the track between Derry and Coleraine has now been put back for at least five years because of the current financial crisis.
The direct rail service between the two cities will be diminished during part or all of Derry's year as UK City of Culture in 2013.
East Derry MLA, John Dallat, said the former Minister for Regional Development, could of addressed the neglect of the Northwest, but he didn't....