Sunday 29 July until April 2013
Translink NI Railways confirms that the railway line between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine is to re-open on Sunday 24 th March 2013>>
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There will be a complete closure of the line between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine from Sunday 29 July until April 2013 to facilitate essential engineering work.
A revised timetable (bus substitution services) will operate between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine:
- Rail substitution bus service 734 via Coast Road
- Rail substitution bus service 735 via Mountain Road.
Scheduled Ulsterbus services can also be used:
- Service 134 Coleraine to Limavady via Coast Road
- Service 143/144 Derry~Londonderry to Limavady
- Service 234 Derry~Londonderry to Coleraine via Mountain Road
View Summary Bus Timetable (includes rail substitution bus services)>>
View revised Derry~Londondery rail timetable>>
Valid rail tickets will be accepted on rail substitution bus services and scheduled Ulsterbus services 134,143,144, 234 only.
Passengers travelling between Derry~Londonderry and Belfast direct may also wish to use Goldline Express 212 as a fast, frequent and convenient transport option. Rail tickets are not valid on Service 212
NI Railways apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Coleraine to Derry~Londonderry Track Renewals Engineering Work
29th July 2012 – April 2013
Two local contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey and McCannBAM Rail JV have been appointed to deliver this extensive project which will include the following works:
- A full relay of the track between Coleraine – Castlerock and between Eglinton – Derry~Londonderry
- Re Rail of the track between Umbra and Eglinton
- Installation of new drainage
- New ducting for signalling cables
- Overhaul of the Bann Bridge (the lifting bridge over the River Bann)
- Reconstruction of Pottagh Bridge (between Coleraine and Castlerock)
Preparatory works has already been carried out in recent months and we plan to complete this project by April 2013. This project represents a significant investment in the line for the future. It will ensure the overall performance and safety of the line will be maintained at a high level as well as deliver smoother, more comfortable and quieter train journeys.
We are working closely with the local community to promote safety as there will be engineering trains operating along the line during the closure period and it will be important that people remain vigilant when crossing the railway line.
Passengers choosing to use the train as their preferred way to travel have continued to grow once again reaching record numbers last year with over 10.7million journeys making rail travel a huge success. This section of the line passes through one of the most scenic parts of our coastline and has been described as one the most beautiful rail journeys in the world.
The completion of this project will allow us to build on this asset contributing to the economic and social regeneration of the area, benefiting both local users and helping to attract more visitors to the area particularly during the 2013 UK City of Culture.