On Monday 2nd November, East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson, presented a Public Petition to the Northern Ireland Assembly on behalf of the Larne Line Passenger Group.
The Petition, which has over 2,300 signatures, calls on Translink to reinstate their former timetable, which changed in September this year.
On presenting the petition Mr Dickson said: “Since the beginning of September, the people of East Antrim have been dealing with a downgraded railway service as the result of timetable changes. Trains now run less frequently, service fewer stations and ultimately makes it downright awkward to use the train in East Antrim, driving commuters back to their cars.”
Following the presentation of the Public Petition to the Speaker in the Assembly, Mr Dickson and representatives of the Larne Line Passenger Group met the new Regional Development Minister, Michelle McIlveen to discuss the matter.
Mr Dickson continued: “We had productive meeting with Ms McIlveen, and I am happy to see that the DRD and Translink are truly starting to listen to the people of East Antrim. However, ultimately it is the actions taken to solve this issue for passengers that we will judge the sincerity of their engagement.
“Finally, I want to thank the Larne Line Passenger Group, for their hard work in collating this impressive petition, it is very heartening to see such a grassroots organisation holding the goliaths of transport and government to account.”