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28th March 2000

MONEY FOR RAIL SAFETY MUST BE FOUND

<p>The Government must invest in railway safety measures and new trains without delay, says the General Consumer Council, the passenger watchdog.</p>

The independent safety review of NIR published today demonstrates that approximately £183million needs to be spent over the next ten years on rolling stock, track and other equipment. The consultants’ report has found a long history of inadequate funding, and safety improvements being hampered by a lack of railway-specific legislation. According to Joan Whiteside, the Council Chairman: “The Government has been squeezing rail until drastic measures can no longer be avoided if the service is to continue. We cannot afford to put this critical part of our transport system in jeopardy. The Government’s own regional planning strategy, Shaping Our Future, is based on improving public transport, not running it down. Translink should be given the public support necessary to carry out the work identified by the safety review.” Ends For further information, please contact Lillian Buchanan 028 9067 2488

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