Derry trains to depart from new location in Belfast over Halloween weekend
Derry bound trains will depart from a different Belfast station over the Halloween weekend to facilitate major railworks.
Translink is set to carry out major track improvement works this Autumn with ‘essential engineering work’ across the rail network from Saturday October 29 until Monday October 31 and on Sunday November 6.
Over the Halloween weekend, much of the works will be focused in the Belfast area which will mean all Derry and Larne line services will operate from Yorkgate Station in Belfast.
There will also be works on the cross-border route impacting Enterprise services. All cross-border Enterprise services will be operated using bus substitutions from Lanyon Place, Portadown and Newry train stations.
To facilitate the works there will be bus substitutions in place with some minor alterations to the timetable over the weekend.
A Saturday timetable will also be in place for all train services on Halloween, Monday October 31.
On Sunday November 6, there will be works in the Antrim area which will impact on the Derry Line with bus substitution services operating between Antrim and Great Victoria Street.
Passengers are advised to check the website www.translink.co.uk or Journey Planner before they travel and allow extra time for their journey.
Translink’s Ian Campbell, Director of Service Operations said: “These works are vital to protect and modernise our infrastructure to maintain high quality, safe, and attractive rail services for today and for future generations.
“While the vast majority of project works are usually undertaken at night, some circumstances require longer periods of closures. We have carefully timed these works to coincide with the mid-term school holidays, when less passengers are travelling to minimise overall impact.
“To facilitate the Halloween festivities in Derry~Londonderry, the line between Belfast and Derry~Londonderry will remain open throughout the Halloween weekend with works on this line scheduled for November 6.
“Our engineers are capitalising on the operational arrangements to deliver a number of projects including aligning with engineering works planned by Irish Rail in the south.
“I would like to thank all our passengers for their support and patience as we progress these essential works to upgrade the network”.