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Translink's special transport plans for the Open Championship

Royal Portrush Golf Club assistant professionals Charlene Reid and Tom Minshull launch Translink's special transport plan for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photo by Aaron McCracken
Royal Portrush Golf Club assistant professionals Charlene Reid and Tom Minshull launch Translink's special transport plan for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club. Photo by Aaron McCracken

Translink has announced its special transport plans for the Open Championship at Royal Portrush.

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

Spectators can also choose the Goldline 218 coach service from Belfast or 234 service from Derry to Coleraine with onward Portrush bus connection.

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

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

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

Royal Portrush Golf Club last hosted the Open Championship in 1951(Brian Lawless/PA) Wire
Royal Portrush Golf Club last hosted the Open Championship in 1951(Brian Lawless/PA) Wire

Tourism NI Chief Executive John McGrillen said that the event was shaping up to be the biggest ever in Northern Ireland.

"Tourism NI has been working closely with Translink and other partners to ensure the smooth running of the tournament for the 215,000 anticipated spectators and visitors who will attend," he said.

“For any major event, ease of getting to and from the destination plays an important part in a visitor’s overall experience. I am confident that the transport plan announced by Translink today will help ensure that visitors have a very enjoyable experience at The Open from start to finish.”

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