Published Thursday, 16 August 2012
Key commuter services are to get double the number of carriages. (© Presseye)
There will be more frequent services on the Whitehead and Coleraine lines, at least 20% additional seating across the network and the boosting of key commuter trains from three carriages to six, Danny Kennedy said.
"This will make rail travel in Northern Ireland even more attractive and encourage greater numbers of commuters out of their cars and on to public transport," he said.
Mr Kennedy said the introduction of 20 new trains has started to deliver major improvements in service reliability and improved accessibility.
"In particular, the Larne line is now operating with modern new trains and consistently delivering around 98% punctuality," he said.
Other measures include using better and more frequent trains, a new maintenance facility at Adelaide in Belfast, and a series of platform extensions, as well as ensuring essential staff members are available to deliver improved services to passengers.
Translink is to consult on the changes and hopes to introduce a new timetable by the end of the year.