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Roy Welcomes Completion of Rail Track Work

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 … Continue reading

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Numbers Significantly up on East Antrim Railway line

East Antrim Ulster Unionist MLA Roy Beggs has welcomed the significant increase in railway passenger numbers on the Larne Line, and suggested that Translink should move swiftly to increase the use of 6 car train sets on express services to accommodate more customers. Mr Beggs said: “After being starved of investment for years it is gratifying to note the change for the better for rail passengers under an Ulster Unionist Minister for Regional Development- Danny Kennedy. The new trains and facilities on the Larne line have led to a significant increase in passenger numbers using the railway line. Figures given to me as an answer to a question I placed in the Assembly show that the latest monthly passenger numbers for the Larne line have increased by nearly 21,000 compared to the equivalent time period just one year ago. I always said ‘provide the service and the passengers will return’, … Continue reading

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