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Transport Minister referred to Public Prosecution Service

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The Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy is to be referred to the Public Prosecution Service over the Londondonderry Rail Line upgrade, according to a member of Stormont’s Regional Development Committee.

The second phase of the upgrade, which would have seen a passing loop introduced to the line along with major re-signalling was due to begin this may and completed next year. It was originally estimated to cost around £20m, but the cost doubled to £40m.

Sinn Fein MLA Cathal Ó hOisín said that the committee had requested a Public Assessment Review into why the estimated costs had double, but, the minister has refused to do so, leading to the committee referring to the PPS, in a bid to force him to carry out this review.

A Translink spokesperson said that the company cannot comment on the matter because they are in the process of procurement.

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