Railway line official re-opening

"Securing the long term future of the Northern corridor rail link"
22nd March 2013


Dear Colleagues,

Today we officially re-opened the railway line between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine ahead of schedule after almost eight months of closure to complete essential safety and engineering work.

I would especially like to thank the Project Team for all their efforts to complete this work before the busy Easter break – that is both our employees and our contractors, who worked so well together. We want to celebrate the achievements of everyone involved in delivering the project and thank all our customers for their patience and support.

We would also like to thank the Minister for Regional Development, his Department and the Trans European Transport Network Fund for essential funding to complete the work.

To mark the occasion, a special train departed Belfast this morning and made the inaugural passenger journey to Derry~Londonderry picking-up civic dignitaries and community representatives along the route.

This project will secure the long term future and sustainability of the Northern corridor rail link which provides vital connections to jobs, colleges, universities, shops, businesses and local attractions.

Its revival will help strengthen the economic landscape in the North West and will also mean that the train is an attractive way to reach the UK City of Culture.

The new North West train timetable will commence on Sunday 24th March when exclusive commemorative train tickets will be presented to the first 500 passengers travelling on timetabled services between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine.
Described by travel writer Michael Palin as "one of the most beautiful rail journeys in the world", I hope you will be able to 'Try the Train' and experience this scenic route in the weeks and months ahead.

For further timetable information click www.translink.co.uk or call 028 90 66 66 30.

Catherine Mason

Group Chief Executive