James Erwin - Articles and news items
Issue 5 2011 / 22 September 2011 /
Rail travel in Northern Ireland is a huge success story. More-and-more people are choosing to take the train following service enhancements in recent years and the introduction of 23 Translink NI Railways Class 3000 trains in 2005. These developments have brought enormous benefits to passengers, greatly improving levels of reliability and comfort. There has been over 60% rail customer growth since 2002 meeting government targets four years early. In May 2011, Translink NI Railways announced that a record 10.4 million passenger journeys were made during 2010/11 – the highest level since the 1960s.
‘New Trains Two’
To date, the ‘New Trains Two’ Programme continues on schedule. Three of the 20 brand new Translink NI Railways Class 4000 DMUs (Diesel Multiple Units) have arrived in Northern Ireland and are currently undergoing intensive testing. The first train is due to enter passenger service in late-2011. All 20 new trains are due to be in service during 2012 when Translink NI Railways will operate an entirely modern fleet on its suburban services, replacing all of its old Class 450 and Class 80 DMUs.