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Rail service to get £12m boost

A multi-million revamp of the Belfast to Dublin rail service has begun.

Translink, which operates the cross-border Enterprise trains, said it hoped the £12.2 million refurbishment programme would be completed by next autumn.

The work, which includes a carriage facelift, a new electronic booking system and a mechanical overhaul, has been funded through the European Union and the Department for Regional Development.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said the investment was essential to sustain tourism and trade.

He said: "This is a significant investment and an important step forward in the development of this flagship train service which was first launched in 1997."

Last year (2013/14) almost 840,000 journeys were made on the Enterprise service.

A series of timetable and service changes will kick in this weekend. They include the re-timing of the last train to Dublin to 9.35pm and the introduction of a new Sunday timetable.

There will also be reduced number of 1st Plus seats.

Mal McGreevy, Translink general manager, rail services, said: "Once completed, the service will look and feel like a modern new train."

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