HC Deb 03 April 1985 vol 76 cc637-8W
Mr. Beggs

asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether plans have been completed for the proposed rail link between York Road-Central Station; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Chris Patten

Outline design and engineering plans for the proposed rail link between York Road and Belfast Central railway stations were prepared by consultants in 1979. Since then the Government have made it clear on several occasions that the proposal would have to compete with other public expenditure priorities. An updated analysis of the costs and benefits associated with this proposal will form part of a review of transport policy which is being undertaken in connection with the preparation of a new plan for the Belfast urban area.