Local train services were cancelled on Saturday evening due to a serious threat against a member of staff.
Speaking to Causeway Coast Community this morning a Translink spokesperson said:
“Our rail services between Coleraine and Portrush were suspended last Saturday night (7th October) following a serious threat against a member of staff. The PSNI were called to assist and an individual was arrested; and we continue to work with the police investigation.
As part of this investigation, CCTV from on board the train and from Portrush station will be reviewed. Safety of our staff and passengers is our top priority and we utterly condemn any threat to staff or any violent or anti-social behaviour.
We actively pursue individuals involved in threatening or anti-social behaviour and we offer a reward of up to £1,000 for information which leads to a successful prosecution. NI Railways tickets were valid for bus services as a result of the disruption.
We apologise to our passengers for this disruption to rail services between Coleraine and Portrush last Saturday night.”
Commenting on the incident Councillor William McCandless said “Providers of public transport have a duty of care to ensure the safety of staff and passengers. This has been a worrying development but it is a trend that has been occurring in other areas throughout the British Isles this year. Sadly we are not alone in this and it is a worrying trend of decline in our society.
In certain parts of England, namely around the Manchester area, police officers have had to be travelling on buses to reassure the public and to ide tidy or deter potential offenders.
In Tallaght South Dublin there have been ongoing incidences of ASB and some bus routes have had to be curtailed to avoid accident or injury.
In Dumbarton Scotland there have been disruption to train services due to train drivers union warning that its members were no longer willing to travel west of Dumbarton due to a rise in threatening behaviour towards station and train staff.
It is however also disappointing that there were no available bus substitues at Coleraine depot to assist these people to continue their journey after this incident.”
Claire Sugden MLA said ““I am concerned about the nature of this incident, but content that both Translink and the PSNI acted quickly. It is regrettable that service on the Portrush line was cancelled on Saturday night, but it ensured the safety of both staff and members of the public, which is of course paramount. Anyone with information please call PSNI on 101”