All Northern Ireland Railways articles

  • Work to extend the platforms and install improved lighting and CCTV at Dhu Varren and University stations on NI Railways’ Portrush branch has been completed
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    Portrush branch platforms lengthened


    UK: Work to extend the platforms and install improved lighting and CCTV at Dhu Varren and University stations on NI Railways’ Portrush branch has been completed ready for the start of the new term at Ulster University. The enhancements have been funded by the Department for ...

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    NI Railways operations planning software contract awarded


    UK: Translink has selected software company SISCOG to design, develop and maintain a platform for planning NI Railways timetables and managing rolling stock and staff deployment. This will include SISCOG’s cloud-hosted Ontime, Fleet and Crews products, which will be used to help to maximise the benefits ...

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    Northern Irish rail freight opportunities


    UK: Industry group Logistics UK has called for the rapid development of rail freight in Northern Ireland, building on the ‘much-needed vision’ in the draft All-Island Strategic Rail Review for expanding rail freight across the whole island of Ireland. ‘Currently, there is no freight moved by ...

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    All-Island Strategic Rail Review makes 30 proposals to develop railways in Ireland


    EUROPE: The draft All-Island Strategic Rail Review has been published, making 30 recommendations for development of the railways in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. These include expanding the total network from 2 300 to 2 950 km, along with electrification, higher speeds and more ...

  • Belfast Grand Central station topping out (2)
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    Belfast station projects make progress


    UK: Belfast Grand Central station has been topped out with a ceremonial tightening of the last bolt in the highest point of the steel structure.

  • Belfast York Street station sod cutting
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    York Street station project officially launched


    UK: Lord Mayor Tina Black has cut the first sod to formally launch a two-year project to rebuild Belfast’s Yorkgate station, which is to be renamed York Street to better reflect its location. The £10m project is being funded by the Department for Infrastructure and undertaken ...

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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 ...

  • NI Railways Cullybackey station
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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. ...

  • Translink NI Railways DMU (1)
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    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)
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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)
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    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, ...