Land has been acquired for the new Lurgan train station, with the second phase of the planned £25m infrastructure investment package for the town now described as “progressing well”.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said such investment was a key driver for economic recovery.
Following a recent meeting with Translink officials, SDLP Upper Bann MLA Dolores Kelly welcomed this latest announcement.
Mrs Kelly said: “Now that Translink have acquired additional land on the town side of the railway line, plans can now be developed to business case.
“Lurgan is a key station for commuters, with over 4.5million passengers using the Portadown line every year and nearly 1 million passengers using the cross-border Belfast to Dublin Enterprise service.
“As one of the top four busiest stations in the North this will be welcome news to the thousands of commuters.
“Plans include a much more accessible station, additional car parking and cycle parks, increase facilities on the Belfast side to get a cup of coffee and food on the go, increased disability specifications and a Changing Places toilet.
“This will also be a huge relief to people living in the streets in the immediate vicinity and down the Lough Road as many residents find it increasingly difficult to access their own homes.
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