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O’Dowd wants Omagh railway rebuilt for high speed

Rhodri Clark
21 March 2024
John O`Dowd: Reopening of the railway between Portadown and Londonderry s an ambitious plan that gives connectivity, tackles climate change and promotes public transport
John O`Dowd: Reopening of the railway between Portadown and Londonderry s an ambitious plan that gives connectivity, tackles climate change and promotes public transport

 

Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister John O’Dowd not only favours reopening of the railway between Portadown and Londonderry via Omagh and Strabane but also envisages it as a 125mph route. This is the same maximum speed as on the West Coast, East Coast and Great Western main lines.

The Omagh line, known affectionately as the “Derry Road”, closed in 1965 after the authorities decided that only one route between Belfast and Derry should remain open. They opted to retain the...

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