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Passengers advised to plan ahead with railway line closures announced for February


Translink is set to continue essential engineering works on the Derry~Londonderry line from Saturday 11th until Sunday 19th February inclusive.


To enable this major upgrade, there will be line closures between Belfast Lanyon Place and Coleraine station (11/12 Feb) and between Antrim and Coleraine (13-19 Feb) during the closure period with bus substitution services in place.



There will be no impact on rail services between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine with normal timetables in place. Scheduled Ulsterbus services will also be operating as per normal.


The works are part of the Cullybackey Area Renewals Project and will see significant upgrades to the track and platform to maintain high quality, safe and attractive rail services.


Translink is urging passengers to plan ahead and check timetables before they travel as minor alterations to services may have been made to accommodate bus substitutions.



Passengers are advised to check online at www.translink.co.uk or use the Journey Planner before they travel and to allow extra time for their journey.


Translink’s John Glass, Director of Infrastructure and Projects said:


“We have been making significant progress to invest and upgrade the rail network over recent years and this scheme is the next area to benefit from these upgrades. We have been engaging with the local community and passengers on works to date and will continue to do so as we progress. We would like to thank everyone for their support and patience.


“The vast majority of our project works take place at night however, on some occasions line closures are needed to complete the work efficiently and safely. It also reduces the longer-term impact.



“We have carefully planned this closure to coincide with the mid-term school holidays when fewer passengers are travelling, to minimise the overall impact.


“We will be hosting special information days in the coming weeks for the public to come and find out more about the project and travel arrangements.


Attend the passenger drop-in sessions: 


  • Antrim Station – Thursday 2nd February – 07:30am – 10:00am

  • Ballymoney Station – Thursday 2nd February - 11:00am – 1:00pm  

  • Ballymena Station – Thursday 2nd February – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

  • North-West Transport Hub – Tuesday 7th February –07:30am – 10:00am

  • Cullybackey Community Partnership - Maine Business Centre, 82 Main St– 7th February 1-pm – 7pm 

  • Belfast Lanyon Place Station –Wednesday 8th   February - 07:30am – 10:00am

  • Coleraine Bus and Rail Centre – Wednesday 8th February – 4:00pm – 6:00pm

 

“I would like to thank all our passengers and local neighbours for their support and patience as we progress these essential works”, John concluded.



For more information on this work visit: www.translink.co.uk/cullybackeyarearenewals  and follow us on social media for project updates.


To find more information on projects and improvements at


https://www.translink.co.uk/lineimprovements


DETAILS of Derry~Londonderry Line Engineering works (Part Line Closure)


Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th February 2023


  • Line closure between Belfast Lanyon Place to Coleraine

  • Normal timetable services between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine 


Monday 13th February to Sunday 19th February 2023 inclusively


  • Line closure between Antrim and Coleraine

  • Normal timetable services between Belfast and Antrim

  • Normal timetable services between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine



Bus substitutions will operate between


  • Belfast, Lanyon Place, Yorkgate and Antrim (Sat 11th & Sun 12th February only)

  • Antrim and Mossley West (Sat 11th & Sun 12th February only)

  • Belfast Lanyon Place, Yorkgate and Ballymena

  • Belfast Lanyon Place, Yorkgate and Coleraine

  • Antrim and Coleraine, serving Ballymena and Ballymoney

  • Ballymena and Cullybackey

 

Bangor, Larne and Enterprise services are unaffected.


Passengers are advised to check online at www.translink.co.uk or use the Journey Planner before they travel and to allow extra time for their journey as bus substitution times may differ from usual schedule rail departure times.


Valid rail ticket can be used on appropriate Ulsterbus and Metro scheduled services. 

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