Belfast train to Dublin fast becoming rail joke
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.