Kieran McCarthy MLA said: “It is great to see such a large increase in train passenger numbers. This shows the positive results of investment in public transport.
“However, there is much more work to be done to encourage more people to use public transport. In order to do so, we must re-balance our transport budget to favour public transport. Northern Ireland is far behind many European countries in relation to how much money we spend on public transport.
“By encouraging more people out of their cars, we will see environmental benefits and a reduction in congestion on our streets. We would also be able to attract more investment and tourists by having a more enhanced public transport system.”