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- NORTHERN IRELAND RAILWAYS
new Working Timetable was issued for use from Sunday 11 December 2016. This
timetable includes :
21 November 2016, all trains to Coleraine were to use the Bellarena loop track
and those to Londonderry the main line, with revised timings for
06.05 ex-GVS), Castlerock
08.08, Coleraine 08.16 then as before.
Derry-Coleraine dep 16.35, Bellarena 16.59 (cross 15.10 ex- GVS), Castlerock
17.08, Coleraine 17.16.
Coleraine - Derry dep 17.43, Castlerock 17.50, Bellarena 17.58 (cross 17.33 ex
Derry), Derry 18.25.
6 October 2016, the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness, and Infrastructure
Minister, Chris Hazzard, confirmed that the Old Waterside Station in Derry will
be the site for a new transport hub. The station was the public’s preferred
site following a consultation in 2013.
a site visit to the station, the deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness said:
“The transport hub will support the growth of the local economy and is of
massive importance to the city of Derry and beyond.
is an ambitious project on the Old Waterside Station which will balance
preserving the historic building and also meet the transport needs of the
will only attract more people to use public transport if we have the right
infrastructure in place and the development of this transport hub is an
important piece of the jigsaw in the north west.”
Minister, Chris Hazzard said: “Over the last few years, much has been done to
transform both sides of the Foyle. The new transport hub project will provide a
train station that complements regeneration and transforms a historic building
into one fit for use today and for generations to come.
in public transport is vital if we want to attract investment, talent and
tourism. Alongside projects like the A5 and A6 roads and the development of City
of Derry Airport, those living west of the Bann are set to see a real change in
the development of the local infrastructure over the coming years.”
the Minister’s announcement, Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway
said: “We are very much looking forward to building this exciting new
transport hub. As an iconic building in the city, the new hub will help
encourage more active travel for a healthier region. It will also act as an
important gateway to the North West for visitors as well as help to regenerate
the local area and make it more attractive to business and investors, helping to
create local jobs and enhancing the local economy.”
is expected to take 18 months, and the station is to open in 2020. The hub will
include Park and Ride facilities.
series of night ballast runs was undertaken between Poyntzpass and the Border,
with the train loading at Poyntzpass. 6 wagons were used, with 112 providing
power on 15, 17, 27, 29 and 30 November.
9 November 2016: 111+6 hoppers
worked an 11:15 Ballymena to Poyntzpass trip.
On Monday 12 December, the 16:50 Dublin Connolly – Belfast Central service was
operated by an Irish Rail Class 22000 ICR due to mechanical difficulties with
the booked De Dietrich set on the 14:05 from Belfast, which ended up being
formed of a C3K unit.
Enterprise Mark 3 EGV 9606 has had the former luggage compartment doors plated
With the various modifications to the De Deitrich sets on refurbishment, loco
allocation has been strictly to the nominated and liveried locos. 206, 207, 8208
and 227 were observed during November, with 8209 and 228 being additionally
observed during December 2016.
loco 233 was observed in Belfast for modifications to work with the De Deitrich
sets (this being adding the necessary communication equipment for working the
train). 231 has carried on working Cork line services.
This year was the final season of the long-standing 80 Class on Sandite runs.
Working mainly at night, the last runs were conducted on the evening of Thursday
8 December and the morning of Friday 9 December. The runs were done with
8090+8752+8097+8069, working from Belfast York Road to Portadown, Bangor, Antrim
and Carrickfergus. As always, the VMT Water Jetter ran ahead of the train,
allowing the Sandite mixture adhere better to the rail head.
took delivery of a new Windhoff Multi-Purpose Vehicle on 14 October 2016.
Numbered as 99 70 9428 011-9, it is intended to be used on Sandite runs,
replacing the existing 80 class combination. It was delivered by road to
Adelaide, where NIR 111 hauled it to York Road as the 22:55 ex Adelaide on 5
November. It is 22.06m long and weighs 79.4 tonne.
At least 5 ‘new’ spoil wagons have been created, reusing existing flat
wagons with new ‘lift off’ boxes, similar to the Iarnród Éireann vehicles.
The bodies are built by Chiefton.
Translink issued a tender for the use of Civil Engineering Consultancy services,
spilt into various lots to allow for different areas such as buildings,
structures and formation. The lots were:
and Structural Professional Services Minor Works (2016-2020) - awarded to Aecom.
Engineering — 2016 – Amey, ARUP, Doran Consulting, WDR & RT Taggart and
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