An enhanced rail service between Belfast and Newry is being introduced from this Monday 3 July with additional morning and evening peak trains as well as a later evening train departing Belfast at 10.10pm throughout the week (Monday to Saturday) It follows years of campaigning by local individuals as well as political representatives and the business community.

Translink’s Rail Services Manager Hilton Parr said: “We have been listening to our customers and local stakeholders with regards to offering more timetable options to make it easier and even more attractive for people to take the train.  We have seen strong growth over the last year with an increase in excess of 4.5% in passenger journeys* on this route as more and more people make the train their first choice for travel; now we want to build on this”.

Newry Railway Station
Newry Railway Station. Photograph: Columba O'Hare

“In addition to the timetable developments, we also have a range of everyday value travel tickets available for commuters such as weekly, monthly and mlink tickets, together with an excellent P&R facility at the station it’s a really easy and cost effective way to commute to Belfast.

Hilton added: “Also, with the later evening train home it is simple and more attractive if you want to socialise in Belfast and with one third off day returns available after 9.30am and our £17 Family and Friends Ticket** too, it’s a great value option”.

Additional services include:

  • Early morning express service from Newry to Belfast (6.35 a.m.),
  • Evening train from Belfast to Newry for commuters (6.20 p.m.)
  • Late evening service from Belfast to Newry (10.10 p.m.).
  • Further enhancements include additional Saturday services from Newry to Belfast (7.50 a.m.) and Belfast to Newry (5.30 p.m. and 10.10 p.m.).

Full details of these enhancements and all our timetables can be found on our website http://www.translink.co.uk/Services/NI-Railways/Routes--Timetables/All-Timetables/

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*Growth on Portadown line is 4.56% in the last 12 months.

**£17 Family and Friends ticket is available for unlimited day travel on any Translink service across NI for up to 2 adults and 4 children. Offer available until 31st August.  Details of special offer fares can be found here: http://www.translink.co.uk/summer-with-translink/