Translink mending fences in Minorca

One of the fences affected in the Minorca area. INCT 48-732-CON
One of the fences affected in the Minorca area. INCT 48-732-CON

East Antrim Alliance MLA, Stewart Dickson has welcomed long-awaited repairs by Translink.

Mr Dickson has reported that boundary fences along a town centre section of track in Carrick will either be mended or replaced by the transport company.

The repairs will take place to fencing behind several dwellings at Minorca Drive.

In a statement, Mr Dickson said: “For some months ,I and my staff have been dealing with Translink, on behalf of residents, in respect of the ageing and potentially dangerous fence at the rear of several properties in Minorca Drive.

“Many of the trees have not been pruned for such a long time that they were overhanging some of the gardens.

“Some were also in danger of pushing the wooden fence into gardens or the road.

“However, I am delighted that Translink has now agreed to resolve the problem and their project team will begin the removal of vegetation and repair or replace fencing.

“Those residents who have requested that their timber fence remain will have a paladin fence, on the railway side of their fence.

“For those who have requested that their timber fence be removed Translink will erect a new fence, on the line of the existing fence.

“Translink has assured me that all vegetation removal will be completed before Christmas and that the fences will be installed by the end of January 2017.

“I am delighted at this outcome and thank Translink for providing this early Christmas present for the residents.”

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such as the Belfast to Larne line.

T through a combination of express trains and others.