Belfast Telegraph

Rail disruption for Seahill residents

Translink is warning weekend rail users and residents of Seahill to brace themselves for disruption at the end of next week including line closures and night time work.

The company is undertaking essential maintenance work on the Bangor railway line from September 20 – October 8 which will include two weekend line closures.

Translink will operate a bus substitution timetable and passengers will also be able to use scheduled Ulsterbus services on this route with a valid rail ticket.

The work is required to protect the rail line from land slippage during heavy rain. It will involve substantial excavation to remove part of the slope adjacent to the rail line, the construction of a robust retaining wall and backfilling behind the wall to provide stability.

Translink Infrastructure Executive Clive Bradberry says that some engineering work will need to be carried out at night to ensure that safety standards are met:

“We are very mindful of how close local residents live in relation to this work and can assure them that we will keep noise to a minimum and complete this project as quickly as possible and before harsher weather conditions arrive.

“We will also need to close the Bangor line over two consecutive weekends including the evening of Friday 24th September until the morning of Monday 27th September and the evening of Saturday 2nd October until the morning of Monday 4th October.

“During this time we will be working 24 hours a day to maximise use of the closure period.

“We would ask for patience from both residents and passengers as we work to improve local rail services and apologise for any inconvenience caused during the project,” said Mr Bradberry.

Any local residents seeking further information on the engineering work can contact 9035 1201.

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

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