HL Deb 19 April 2000 vol 612 cc110-1WA
Lord Laird

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they will undertake to consult local councils which might be affected by any possible changes in the next few years to the railway system in Northern Ireland. [HL2072]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton

Work has commenced on the development of a Transportation Strategy for Northern Ireland. It will address all modes of transport, including rail. A round of consultations with District Councils on the Transportation Strategy has already commenced. The Task Force that has been established to consider by the summer options for the future of railways in Northern Ireland will also be inviting views from interested bodies and members of the public. Contributions from District Councils will be welcomed.