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Lurgan Track Renewal

Public transport helps local communities thrive; in 2017/18, more than 81 million journeys were made on our bus and rail services across Northern Ireland, the highest figure in twenty years.
 
With over 8 million of those journeys made by passengers in the Craigavon area annually, we’re helping to keep people in and around Lurgan connected to work, shop, study, socialise and visit.
 
With almost 1 million passengers travelling to and from Lurgan Train Station annually, it’s one of the busiest stations on our network.  Around 945,000 cross-border Enterprise passengers also travel through Lurgan every year, making this section of track a key component of the North-South railway corridor.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The recent Knockmore to Lurgan track rehabilitation project has enhanced track quality on this route and further upgrade works are now planned in Lurgan itself.
 
Representing a substantial investment, upgrade works will see the full-scale replacement of over 1.7km of track in the Lurgan area, running from the William Street level crossing to beyond Bell’s Row level crossing.  This will have an impact on areas between the William Street level crossing and Bell’s Row level crossing, including the Kilwilkie area. We will also be replacing 350 metres of platform at Lurgan Train Station as part of this work.
 
The Lurgan Area Track Renewal Project will ensure we maintain the overall performance and high safety standards of this important North-South railway corridor.  It will also mean a reduction in the level of maintenance needed in the Lurgan area in the longer term, as well as securing the future of this section of the vital North-South railway corridor, linking Belfast and Dublin.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Timeline of Works
  • Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th February and Saturday 2nd/Sunday 3rd March 2019

Two weekend line closures for drainage and level crossing works.

  • April – July 2019

Site establishment and further drainage works.

  • Friday 26th July – Friday 23rd August 2019

Full line closure and engineering period.

  • September 2019

Project substantially complete.

We will work closely with our contractors to complete the works as quickly as possible and to ensure that noise and inconvenience is kept to a minimum

 
 
 
 
 
 

Community Engagement
We are working and engaging with the local community and elected representatives to explain how the works will be carried out and what to expect.
 
We have worked with the relevant statutory agencies to carefully consider the timing of this scheme in order to minimise disruption on passengers and local residents – during the closure, a temporary timetable will operate, with bus substitution services for both Enterprise and NI Railways passengers.
 
All main works are planned to take place during the hours of 7am and 10pm, although there may be minor works outside these hours on occasion.  The team will also receive deliveries during sociable hours whenever possible.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Think Safe, Stay Safe
During the track renewal works, engineering equipment will be operating along the line, although normal passenger services will not be running.  As always, it will be important to stay vigilant, continue to use railway crossings safely, not to become complacent, and impress on young people the dangers of using the railway tracks as a shortcut or trespassing.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Next Steps

This work is an important first step in a longer-term plan of improvements in the Lurgan area over the coming years, subject to appropriate funding and permissions.

These include:

  • Signalling redesign works for level crossings in the area which will reduce waiting times at level crossings for pedestrians and drivers.
  • An enhanced train station development.
  • Improved park and ride facilities.

 

Translink is working to make public transport ‘your first choice for travel in Northern Ireland’ – we’d love you to join us on our journey towards a better future
 
 
 
 
 
 
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