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Hourly train service between Derry and Belfast to launch later this year

Published 13/01/2017

Translink will launch an hourly service by the summer
Translink will launch an hourly service by the summer

An hourly train service between Derry and Belfast will be introduced later this year, the infrastructure minister said.

Railway line improvements have been largely completed between Londonderry and Coleraine.

Chris Hazzard said: "T he last obstacle to the introduction of a more frequent service has been removed and I have therefore asked Translink to bring an hourly service into operation by the summer.

"This will increase patronage on the railways, act as an incentive to encourage economic growth and tourism and provide enhanced choice for regular passengers."

The minister announced two further initiatives to assess the viability of increased service on the Derry to Belfast and Newry to Belfast routes.

He added: "Increasing use of public transport is a key objective in the Programme for Government.

"That means we need quality of service and the frequency on offer particularly between our major cities."

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