For anyone living in the capital who is looking to head up north for the weekend to head home or to have a weekend away even, this will be great news.
There has been calls for a dedicated Derry to Dublin rail service despite Translink saying that frequent bus services and connections are sufficient enough to link the capital with the north.
As stated in a report published back in June, Translink and Iarnród Éireann have published a strategic development plan for the Belfast to Dublin corridor, but calls have been made by Sinn Féin MP Elisha McCallion to establish a regular link between Derry and the capital.
On Sinn Féin's website, the Foyle MP said:
“A rail link between Derry to Dublin rail link would be beneficial in order to unlock the economic potential of the North West.
“A direct train left Derry on Sunday morning for the Pope’s visit and took 3 hours 55 minutes, I have no doubt, with improvements to the connections, this could be reduced further.
“There is no reason why a direct service to Dublin cannot be a regular thing, complemented by an express service to Belfast.
“For this project to be successful, we must reject the Tory Brexit agenda by achieving Special Status for the north within the EU in order to receive EU Ten-T Infrastructure funding for this project.
“I have opened discussions with the head of Translink about this and I have asked that Translink explore a feasibility study on the service.”
We really want this to happen.