Kennedy tells Derry politicians “I have no money for rail upgrade”

The transport minister in the North has again expressed his commitment to the Derry to Coleraine rail link, but said he does not have the funding to upgrade the line.

Danny Kennedy met with Derry MLAs, MPs and councillors yesterday to discuss the future of the service....

Last week Mr Kennedy announced work on link would be delayed because of a lack of funding.

A full upgrade - costing £75m - will now not be completed until 2016-17.

Instead safety work will start next year. A third of passengers will be transferred by bus while the work is underway.

A meeting, chaired by the Mayor of Derry, Maurice Devenney was held yesterday.

The meeting was attended by Derry MLAs, MPs and councillors, as well as Tranport Minister Danny Kennedy.

Speaking after the meeting, Danny Kennedy said he simply didn't have access to the necessary levels of funding to upgrade the Derry rail link.