Faulty rail PA is to be replaced

MLA Stewart Dickson has welcomed news that faulty elements of the Larne railway line public address system will be replaced in phases over the next year, but has expressed disappointment that they will not be repaired immediately.

A written answer from Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy to an Assembly question by the East Antrim Alliance representative stated: “Translink have advised that the long line public address (LLPA) system on the Larne line is approximately 20 years old and has experienced reliability problems over the last several years. NI Railways continuously monitor LLPA performance and repair it as necessary.

“Obsolete and unreliable components of the system will be replaced on a phased basis over the next 12 months.”

Mr Dickson said: “I welcome the news that faulty components are to be replaced.

“It is just a shame that this could not take place immediately rather than in phases over the next year. I will continue to press the minister on this issue to see if the process can be accelerated.”

Mr Dickson said visually impaired people rely on the PA for information and it was “vital that the replacement proceeds at pace”.

He added: “Unfortunately, the reality of continued delays on the line also necessitates a speedy repair as people cannot always rely on their timetable to tell them of when their train will arrive.”