‘No market’ for rail freight

A new  C4000 train on the Larne Line.
A new C4000 train on the Larne Line.

TRANSLINK has no plans to extend the platform at Larne Harbour station to facilitate commercial freight, the company has said.

As reported previously in the Larne Times, local councillors had hoped to see commercial freight increased on the Larne Line.

But in a letter to Larne Borough Council, Translink has said there is currently “no recognised market” for rail freight to the town and no plans for the development of a freight depot.

Mal McGreevy, general manager of rail services with Translink said: “Accommodation of freight at Larne Harbour station would require construction of a bespoke freight handling facility, rather than simple platform extension. Recent platform work has been to provide stabling facilities for the larger Class 4000 trains.”