All Northern Ireland Railways articles

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    Track Maintenance: Rail Health Strategy pays off


    By aligning its inspection, maintenance and renewal regimes using a holistic systems approach, Translink NI Railways’ permanent way department has delivered a significant reduction in rail defects, improved track quality and extended asset life.

  • Belfast Transport Hub contractor site visit
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    Belfast Transport Hub main works get underway


    UK: A joint venture of Farrans and Sacyr is set to begin main works on the Belfast Transport Hub as enabling works by Graham near completion and railway works by Babcock are underway. The Transport Hub will replace the existing Great Victoria Street railway station and ...

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    Cullybackey signalling and level crossing work gets underway


    UK: Contractor Babcock has begun work on the £31m Cullybackey Area Signalling & Level Crossings Renewals Project, which includes signalling and telecoms improvements at three level crossings, a platform extension to accommodate six-car trains and 9 km of cable replacement. The project will take place in ...

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    Arup to undertake all-Ireland rail review


    EUROPE: Ireland’s Department of Transport and Northern Ireland’s Department for Infrastructure have commissioned Arup to undertake an All Island Strategic Rail Review, which will consider how the 1 600 mm gauge rail networks can be used to improve connectivity, enhance regional accessibility and support balanced development. ...

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    Rail Business UK

    NI Railways targets zero emissions by 2040


    UK: Translink is to assess the options for procuring zero-emission trains in support of its recently published Climate Positive Strategy, which sets out an ‘ambitious’ target to achieve a 50% reduction in train, bus and building emissions by 2030, net zero emissions by 2040 and to ...

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    Cross-border Irish rail review to study sustainable expansion


    EUROPE: A Strategic Rail Review is to be commissioned to examine the potential for enhancing and expanding the island of Ireland’s rail networks, the republic’s Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan and Northern Ireland’s Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon have announced. The ‘all-island’ review will ...

  • Translink NI Railways CAF DMU cars delivered March 2021 (5)
    Rail Business UK

    First vehicles delivered to lengthen Northern Ireland DMUs


    UK: Translink has taken delivery of the first three of 21 intermediate cars ordered from CAF to extend seven existing NI Railways Class 4000 diesel multiple-units from three to six cars for use on busier routes. This will provide around 1 600 additional seats every day. The ...

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    CAF Rail UK awarded DMU maintenance contract


    UK: Translink has awarded CAF Rail UK a contract to continue to maintain NI Railways’ fleet of 23 Class 3000 diesel multiple-units which entered service from 2004. The new contract runs for 15 years from April, and is worth more than €60m. The work will be performed ...

  • Translink Group CEO Chris Conway and Graham Civil Engineering Managing Director Leo Martin at the site of the Belfast Transport Hub.
    Rail Business UK

    Belfast Transport Hub early works contractor appointed


    UK: Translink has appointed Graham Civil Engineering to undertake site preparation works for the Belfast Transport Hub project to develop an integrated rail, bus and coach interchange. To be built on Translink property near the current Great Victoria Street station and Europa Bus Centre, the Belfast Transport ...

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    Rail Business UK

    North-West Transport Hub opens


    North-West Transport Hub UK: The rail facilities at the North-West Transport Hub in Northern Ireland’s second city were opened by transport agency Translink on October 21. The new Derry~Londonderry station returns to railway use the city’s former Waterside station, a Grade B-listed nineteenth century structure ...

  • Ridership on Translink NI Railways has increased steadily since the introduction of the Class 4000 DMUs in 2011.
    Rail Business UK

    Translink orders more CAF DMU cars


    UK: Northern Ireland transport operator Translink has ordered a further 21 diesel multiple-unit cars from CAF to cope with increasing ridership on the Northern Ireland Railways network. Funded by £50m from the Department of Infrastructure, the intermediate vehicles have been ordered as an option on the contract under which CAF ...

  • The existing Enterprise push-pull trainsets would be replaced by new stock as part of the planned speed-up. (Photo: Tony Miles)
    Rail Business UK

    Cross-border upgrade plan


    EUROPE: North-south rail services between Belfast and Dublin could be upgraded over the coming years, under a three-stage development strategy agreed by Irish national operator Iarnród Éireann and its Northern Irish counterpart Translink. Launched in Belfast as part of Northern Ireland’s Bus+Train week initiative, the plan envisages investment in ...

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    Northern Ireland ticketing upgrade


    UK: Northern Ireland Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard announced on September 5 that Parkeon has been selected to modernise ticketing under a £45m investment programme. ‘The current ticketing system was introduced 15 years ago and serves around 80 million passenger journeys every year’, said Hazzard, adding that ‘a high quality ...

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    Belfast Transport Hub planning underway


    UK: Northern Ireland public transport agency Translink is developing plans for an extensive redevelopment of Belfast Great Victoria Street station and the adjacent bus station to form an integrated Belfast Transport Hub with rail, bus, cycle, taxi and car facilities. The current rail and bus stations handle seven million passengers/year, ...

  • Refurbished Enterprise train.

    Cross-border train ready to live longer and prosper


    EUROPE: Translink NI Railways is undertaking a major refurbishment of the three locomotive-hauled trainsets used on the cross-border Enterprise service between Belfast and Dublin. The first completed eight-car set re-entered service on November 16, and all are expected to return to service by the end of the year. The Enterprise ...

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    Ticket app offers dynamic pricing and tickets for children


    UK: Mobile ticketing specialist Corethree has announced its first rail deployment, developing an updated multimodal rail and bus app for Northern Ireland transport body Translink. The app offers bespoke dynamic pricing, enabling Translink to offer short-time promotional fares as well as standard tickets through mobile devices. A purchase delegation or ...

  • Translink has reopened the railway between Coleraine and Londonderry following an upgrade.

    Londonderry line renewal project completed


    UK: Northern Ireland transport company Translink officially reopened the 54 km line between Coleraine and Londonderry on March 22, following an eight-month suspension of services while a £30m infrastructure renewal programme was undertaken. The Renewals Phase 1 project is intended to secure the future of the line for the next ...

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    Looking into the future of Northern Ireland Railways


    UK: Northern Ireland's Department for Regional Development has begun public consultation on the future of the rail network, seeking views on how to prioritise transport investment in 2015-35. A consultation document sets out a range of options, starting with a basic package necessary to retain the rail network at current ...

  • Translink Chief Executive Catherine Mason, Transport Minister Duncan Kennedy and James Erwin of the New Trains Programme Board.

    C4Ks start running to Larne


    UK: Northern Ireland’s Transport Minister Danny Kennedy joined the celebrations on October 3 to mark the entry into service on the Belfast – Larne route of the first of Translink’s new Class 4000 DMUs. The 20 three-car units are being supplied by CAF under the operator’s £150m New Trains Programme, ...

  • CAF Class 4000 diesel multiple-unit for Northern Ireland Railways is unloaded at Belfast docks on 14 March 2011.

    First CAF Class 4000 DMU arrives in Belfast


    UK: The first of 20 three-car diesel multiple-units for Translink NI Railways was delivered to Belfast docks on March 14, two years after the order was placed with Spanish manufacturer CAF under a £114m project funded by the Department for Regional Development. Testing at up 145 km/h is set to ...