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Translink NI Railways - Articles and news items

Translink NI Railways reveals first refurbished Enterprise train

Rail industry news / 17 November 2015 /

Translink NI Railways has launched the first refurbished Enterprise train as part of a £12.2 million upgrade funded by the EU’s INTERREG IVA Programme.

Translink NI Railways train upgrade enters testing and commissioning phase

Rail industry news / 29 September 2015 /

The Enterprise train refurbishment programme, carried out by operator Translink NI Railways, has reached a major milestone by entering the testing and commissioning phase.

Translink NI Railways begins Londonderry line upgrade

Rail industry news / 2 June 2015 /

Translink NI Railways has announced the start of a major engineering project to complete re-signalling works and a passing loop on the Coleraine to Londonderry railway line.

Securing a sustainable future for rail travel in Northern Ireland

Issue 6 2012 / 29 November 2012 /

In 2011/12, Translink NI Railways recorded its highest ever passenger numbers with 10.7 million journeys made on local rail services in Northern Ireland – an increase of over 70% in the last decade.

Independent research released in September shows that Translink customers continue to rate local rail services very highly – NI Railways achieved 100% ‘on time’ scores for the second consecutive monitor and beat reliability targets.

This impressive trend shows no sign of slowing down with a range of significant developments in rail infrastructure, technology and services securing a bright future for train travel in the country.

Translink’s ‘New Trains Two’ programme has now successfully completed the delivery of 20 new Class 4000 trains manufactured by CAF in Zaragoza, Spain.

All trains in this £114 million investment are now in passenger service and operate alongside 23 Class 3000 trains to deliver an entirely modern fleet for growing passenger demand. In fact, NI Railways has one of the most modern fleets of DMUs in Europe with all units manufactured over the past 10 years.

Translink partners with Met Office to keep leaf fall predictions on track!!

Rail industry news / 5 November 2012 /

In 2011, Translink NI Railways partnered with the Met office for the first time to receive regular updates and forecasts on leaf fall…

Interior of new Class 4000 DMUs contributes to attractive rail service

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.

A new era for rail travel in Northern Ireland

Issue 3 2011 / 31 May 2011 /

Rail travel in Northern Ireland is a major success story with over 60% customer growth since 2002 exceeding government targets. Two years ago, Translink NI Railways celebrated delivering 10 million passenger journeys in a year – the highest on record in the company’s history and we are on schedule to carry even more passengers in 2011.

This significant growth in passenger numbers reflects an ongoing programme of change and enhancement to the local rail network, continued high performance levels, clever marketing campaigns and shows that government investment is paying off.

Translink reveals record passenger numbers on local rail services

Rail industry news / 23 May 2011 /

Translink NI Railways revealed that a record-breaking number of passenger journeys were made on local rail services last year…

Translink launches new trains public safety campaign

Rail industry news / 25 March 2011 /

Translink NI Railways is advising the public to stay extra vigilant as it prepares to begin an intensive period of train testing following the start of the arrival of its new Class 4000 fleet…

First of new Class 4000 trains arrives to bolster Translink’s fleet

Rail industry news / 14 March 2011 /

The 20 new trains for Translink N I Railways represent an investment of £114m, funded by the Department for Regional Development…

Translink appoints McCann BAM for £1.3m engineering project

Rail industry news / 8 February 2011 /

Translink NI Railways has appointed FP McCann, who will work alongside Dutch rail contractor BAM, to complete a £1.3 million engineering project…

Northern Ireland’s 20 news trains now under production in Spain

Rail industry news / 1 June 2010 /

Production of Translink NI Railways’ new Class 4000 trains is now underway in Zaragoza, Northern Spain.