East Antrim MLA Stewart Dickson has expressed optimism that the DRD and Translink will make the right decision on relaying track and widening the Dargan Viaduct which can only be done during the York Street Interchange Project.
During a York Street Interchange Event, Mr Dickson said: “The single track Dargan Viaduct was built on the cheap in the 1990s, and has become a choke point the centre of our railway network, and especially to East Antrim. Now is the time to widen it and relay the track, to allow for a faster and more efficient flow of traffic.”
While I gladly welcome the long-awaited York Street project, it must coincide with a plan to widen the Dargan Viaduct. If it does not, the foundations will not be strong enough to support widening for decades to come, as the cost to widening will be astronomical massively reducing the chances of any development in the future.”
Dickson concluded: “I call on the Regional Development Minister to ensure that Translink make a firm decision soon on whether they will support a widening of the viaduct, or at the least the strengthening of the foundations underneath, future proofing it for further development. The alternative is to do nothing, and lament the squandering of a clear opportunity to improve our rail network for decades to come.”
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