Ballymena ‘left behind’ over bus and rail infrastructure

Ballymena Bus and Rail Station.
Ballymena Bus and Rail Station.

A local MLA has called for the Department of Regional Development to commit to plans for a news bus and rail station in Ballymena.

Daithi McKay said the town had been “left behind” in regard to its bus and rail infrastructure.

The Sinn Fein Assemblyman for North Antrim said he would continue to press the new Infrastructure Minister, who will be appointed after the next Assembly election.

“Ballymena has been left behind in regard to its bus and rail station infrastructure. Whilst Coleraine and Antrim stations have had significant face-lifts Ballymena station still looks the same as it did when I went to school there,” Mr McKay said.

He added: “That is not good enough though it is great to see that we have secured a feasibility study that will be completed in 2016/17.

“However we still do not have an assurance that this will be a major priority for the department.

“What we need to see is an assurance that the business case for the station will be completed swiftly as well and of course appropriate capital funding to build this new station.

“To increase the number of people using public transport we need a modern bus and rail station that is both comfortable and fit for purpose.

He added: “There is no justification for somewhere the size of Ballymena to continue to be left behind compared to other towns in the north.”