Belfast Telegraph

Translink unveils plans for extra travel options during event

Upgrade: Portrush railway station
Upgrade: Portrush railway station
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

Translink has announced a special transport plan for golf fans attending The Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

With more than 200,000 visitors expected to descend on the Co Antrim golf course, the transport company said additional bus, coach, train, and park and ride options will be laid on.

From July 14 to 21, there will be enhanced capacity on normal train services plus additional early morning trains from Belfast and evening services from Portrush and Coleraine.

Passengers coming from Belfast can also travel direct to Portrush without changing trains.

There will be an hourly train service and enhanced capacity from Londonderry to Coleraine plus additional early morning services and a convenient Portrush bus connection.

Special day return coaches will operate between Europa Buscentre in Belfast to Portrush.

Spectators can travel on Goldline's 218 coach service from Belfast or the 234 from Derry to Coleraine with onward Portrush bus connection.

Ulsterbus 140 services travelling between Coleraine, Portrush and Portstewart will also be enhanced and stop at major caravan/camping sites on the route.

An additional morning and evening service will operate on both Ulsterbus 402 between Coleraine, Portrush and Ballycastle and Ulsterbus 134 between Coleraine and Limavady.

Translink's Chris Conway said those attending the event should plan their travel in advance, leave extra time for journeys and avail of the range of options.

PSNI Superintendent John Magill said a large amount of planning had gone into the traffic and transport arrangements.

"We would encourage everyone attending to familiarise themselves with the various options available ahead of time," he added.

"The policing operation is very much about supporting our partners to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time."

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