Portadown to Lisburn train hit construction equipment, Translink confirms
Bus substitutions to remain in place for rest of the day
Translink has confirmed a train hit a piece of construction excavation equipment on the Portadown to Lisburn railway line on Thursday morning.
The object smashed the two front windows of the train, however, there were no injuries in the incident which happened at around 6.45am.
There was widespread disruption to services including the Belfast to Dublin Enterprise, which is expected to continue as an investigation progresses.
On Thursday afternoon Translink said that the bus substitutions would remain in place for the rest of the day.
A Translink spokeswoman said: "Following an earlier incident where a train struck a piece of construction excavation equipment on the railway line south of Lisburn, the line will remain closed for the rest of the day.
"A bus substitution will operate between Moira and Lisburn from now until 6.30pm to accommodate peak time commuter traffic.
"After 6.30pm the bus substitution will operate between Portadown and Lisburn.
“A bus substitution will also continue to operate for cross border passengers between Belfast and Newry for the rest of the day.
“Safety is our top priority and an investigation is currently on-going.
"We are now taking steps to get the line cleared; our engineers have been on site and will be working throughout the night in order to get services back to normal for our customers. We would hope to be in a position to resume a full train service from tomorrow morning.
#ENT Due to an obstruction on the line the 07:35 Dublin to Belfast train will terminate at Newry. A bus sub will run Newry to Central.^JC— Translink (@Translink_NI) February 4, 2016
“We appreciate this incident is causing disruption for our customers and would apologise for the inconvenience caused”.
The Fire Service attended the scene. A spokesman said crews helped with the evacuation of the train.
They dismissed reports there was a fire on the train.
The Knockmore Road, which was closed between the Moira Road and Ballinderry Road, has now reopened.
Accident on 1st train to Portadown, hit large object on line, we have been evacuated and currently standing beside line. @Translink_NI— Micí Mac Cú Uladh (@Mici_Mac) February 4, 2016
Emergency services at the scene of an incident involving a train in Lisburn. pic.twitter.com/4yiFccuCAI— Richard Cull (@Richard_UTV) February 4, 2016