Translink will be carrying out essential maintenance works on the Dublin Belfast line. This will necessitate bus transfers to and from Newry Train Station due to a line closure between Lisburn and Portadown this weekend, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 March.

Craigmore Viaduct. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
Craigmore Viaduct. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

This work is necessary in order to carry out essential level crossing work along the railway corridor, and to reduce the need for longer-term maintenance.  The line will close once the last train passes late on Friday 12 March, re-opening early on Monday 15 March. 

 Bus substitution services will be in operation for passengers making essential journeys.  Enterprise services will be replaced by bus substitutions between Belfast Lanyon Place and Newry directly; this bus substitution will not call at Portadown, as Enterprise services will depart from and terminate at Portadown throughout the weekend according to the scheduled timetable.  NI Railways services will operate as scheduled between Belfast Lanyon Place and Lisburn, with bus substitutions in place between Lisburn and Portadown, calling at Moira and Lurgan.   

Customers making essential journeys are asked to plan their journey and check their connections in advance and to leave extra time wherever possible. 

Work during this essential weekend closure will be undertaken during both daytime and night-time hours.  Every effort will be made to keep any noise and disruption to a minimum at all times; work will also be carried out according to current government and industry guidance on social distancing to ensure the protection of staff and the community.

Translink is grateful for the support and patience of the local community as we progress this essential work.  Further information can be found online at WWW.TRANSLINK.CO.UK

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