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Belfast train to Dublin fast becoming rail joke

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Published 04/12/2015

The morning train journey between Belfast and Dublin is about to get even longer
The morning train journey between Belfast and Dublin is about to get even longer

The flagship rail service between the two capitals on this island - Belfast and Dublin - is fast becoming a joke. That is the only fast thing about it, for under new proposals the already tedious journey is set to take longer from the beginning of next year.

Under a revised timetable - apparently only open for consultation in the Republic, even though it is a joint service with Translink - the first train out of Belfast will leave at a bleary-eyed 6.15am and take 2 hours, 26 minutes to reach Dublin, 11 minutes longer than at present and slower than either car or bus journeys. A comparable inter-city train journey in England takes about an hour less.

The Enterprise service is currently undergoing a £12.2m upgrade. Perhaps that should include a new accelerator on the trains.

Belfast Telegraph

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