Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed the completion of the railway track upgrade on the Larne Line, and Translink’s intention to remove the speed restrictions associated with track conditions between Whitehead and Larne ‘in the very near future’.
The East Antrim MLA said, “The new continuous welded rail will further improve the passenger experience, and together with the new trains will enable staff to provide a really high quality rail service. The reduced noise from the welded track will also result in less annoyance for those living close to the track. This will support even greater rail passenger growth.”
The most recent project has seen 4.5 miles of track re-railed. Track was also remodelled in Larne Harbour and lowered in Larne Town to facilitate platform extension works.
Roy Beggs MLA continued, “I have been informed that completion of additional civil engineering work will enable the removal of the temporary speed restrictions on the Larne section of the line ‘in the very near future’. This should enhance Translink’s ability to maintain their timetable and avoid delays”
Turning to the improvements to Larne line station platforms the local Ulster Unionist MLA said, “I welcome the investment in the main Larne station platforms which will enable longer trains to operate and meet the growing demand. I have requested that more 6 car trains sets should be introduced on peak time services to ease congestion for the increasing numbers of commuters.”
Translink have completed extension works to make the platforms long enough for 6 car trains at Yorkgate, Whiteabbey, Jordanstown, Carrickfergus, Downshire, Whitehead, Larne Town and Larne harbour. Greenisland and Trooperslane will be completed by the end of May and Clipperstown by mid June.