The Derry to Belfast railway line is to re-open at the end of March, it’s been confirmed.
The news comes as track safety and improvement works on the Derry to Coleraine stretch of the line - closed for the past nine months - progress on schedule.
Translink, meanwhile, has confirmed that, following requests, it will now host a public consultation meeting in Derry about its new North West rail timetable.
The move came after the company initially said it was hosting just one event at Coleraine’s Bus & Rail Centre on Thursday, January 24 - that’s just one week ahead of the deadline for people to make their views known.
Its staff will also speak to passengers on the trains the following week.
Members of the public and a local rail lobby group had queried why an event wasn’t taking place in Derry.
However, yesterday afternoon, Translink confirmed a second event is to take place at Foyle Street Bus Station on January 28 (10am-2pm.)
Launching the timetable consultation, Mal McGreevy, Translink General Manager-Rail Services, said: “In early 2015, Translink plans to extend the hourly rail service through to Derry~Londonderry following the installation of new signalling and an additional passing loop on the track. This next phase of work will commence in 2014 after the City of Culture activities.
“In the meantime, when the line re-opens this Spring, it will only be possible to have one train in the Coleraine – Derry~Londonderry line section at any one time.
“Therefore, we have developed the two best possible options for the line re-opening this Spring and now invite public feedback to help shape and finalise our plans. “
Both proposed options are outlined in Translink’s North West timetable consultation leaflet which is available from Coleraine and Derry bus and train stations or online at www.translink.co.uk.