Enterprise trains to get £12m upgrade

Published Friday, 14 February 2014
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The Enterprise cross-border rail service is to get a major multi-million pound upgrade, it has been revealed.

Enterprise trains to get £12m upgrade
The Enterprise is due a major upgrade. (© UTV)

Around £12m is to be spent refurbishing the four trains which operate between Belfast and Dublin.

The trains will get new interiors, better access and a new booking system in order to improve the overall service.

The overhaul, funded by cash originally intended for the Narrow Water bridge project, is expected to begin later this year.

The trains are over 16 years old and have not had the same injection of funding as local services.

Stormont Transport Minister Danny Kennedy says his department is in the final stages of signing off the money.

He said: "This will mean a complete internal refurb for the enterprise service.

"It will improve the travelling facilities for the increasing number of passengers who use it."

While Translink and Irish rail operator, Iarnród Éireann, are putting up some funding, most of the money for the upgrade is coming from Europe and has been directed from the collapsed Narrow Water bridge project in Warrenpoint.

It is hoped the project will allow the train service to continue for the next 10 years.

Translink says it is hoping the investment will bring in new customers.

Catherine Mason, Translink chief executive said: "We anticipate a substantial passenger growth on the back of it and we have a lot of people who already use the service regularly and we believe that this will attract new people.

"Much as our other enhancements have attracted people to the service, so we imagine that it will grow quite substantially."

© UTV News
Comments Comments
denis hyde in belfast wrote (348 days ago):
there should been a railway link to international airport using the old aldergrove railway line and it boosts the economy and tourism that way
Freeloaders in Belfast wrote (348 days ago):
High time Translink employees (and their families) stopped travelling for free! If this was a healthy company which took no Taxpayer subsidies and didnt increase fares at every opportunity, then they could afford this "perk". However, they cannot and should not be indulging this luxury in this climate, whilst passengers and the taxpayer pay more and more. Disgraceful and shameful.
PR in co down wrote (348 days ago):
re RATIONAL THINKING-its FREE being an employee! newtownards to Dublin EVERY weekend for NOTHING!! lovely jubbly
culchy in the stix wrote (348 days ago):
Can we just get a Belfast to Dublin train without the tour of Ireland please?
General44 in Newtownabbey wrote (349 days ago):
No doubt we the travelling public will pay in the form of increased fares!
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