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The strange near resurrection of the Comber line

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  • Registered Users Posts: 10,370 ✭✭✭✭ MJohnston


    "can't" doesn't seem to be the takeaway I got from reading it, more that there isn't the local will to push for it. It's a very well protected alignment, whether accidentally or not.

    Growing up in Donaghadee I remember playing on the old railway alignment there a lot, around Hunts Park. That whole spur is nearly entirely untouched, as is a large portion of the Ards to Conlig line.

    The North has a strange habit of preserving these lands for oft mooted projects, like the M1 Blacks Road south sliproads or the Knock Road widening.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran


    nmcconnell wrote: »
    They should be prioritising rail links west of the Bann to Omagh, Enniskillen, Derry, Armagh etc instead of that loyalist kip!

    The United Ireland project going well? :rolleyes:


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,781 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Except it can reopen, if they actually want it to

    The "but but but Comber..." argument has never held weight. The entire BRT plan for Belfast was replaced with the toy they got instead for cost reasons, nothing else.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran


    L1011 wrote: »
    Except it can reopen, if they actually want it to

    The "but but but Comber..." argument has never held weight. The entire BRT plan for Belfast was replaced with the toy they got instead for cost reasons, nothing else.

    Nothing to do with the campaign to get Comber greenway users to lobby politicians then? Righty-O.


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,781 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Nothing to do with the campaign to get Comber greenway users to lobby politicians then? Righty-O.

    Nothing at all. They went for the cheap option

    Alignment remains perfectly preserved for future rail use; moreso than if it was idle.

    Its become a ridiculous crutch to try oppose reuse of other rail alignments; but its so ridiculously transparent it can be instantly dismissed as nonsense.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran


    L1011 wrote: »
    Nothing at all. They went for the cheap option

    Alignment remains perfectly preserved for future rail use; moreso than if it was idle.

    Its become a ridiculous crutch to try oppose reuse of other rail alignments; but its so ridiculously transparent it can be instantly dismissed as nonsense.

    Clearly the Greenway To Stay campaign wasn’t nonsense.

    https://m.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/greenway-to-stay-campaign-steps-up-28479325.html


  • Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Motoring & Transport Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 61,781 Mod ✭✭✭✭ L1011


    Except it had nothing to do with the outcome. They went for the cheap toy system instead, that is all


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 876 ✭✭✭ Lord Glentoran


    Meanwhile, the Belfast Telegraph calls the abandonment of plans to rebuild the railway to Comber “a missed opportunity”. Belfast’s Harcourt Street line but with a vastly different outcome.

    https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/opinion/editors-viewpoint/failure-to-reinstate-rail-link-a-huge-missed-opportunity-39158237.html


  • Registered Users Posts: 10,370 ✭✭✭✭ MJohnston



    Their point about the Upper Newtownards Road isn't a bad one. Northern Ireland is in that typical British situation of having lots of overbuilt roads, and the A20 is one of them. There's space for a contiguous bus lane the whole way from Ards to Dee Street, essentially.


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