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The first newly refurbished Enterprise train made it's way through Newry yesterday on it's way to Dublin marking a significant milestone in a £12.2million train upgrade programme. 

Work on the major service overhaul has been financed through the European Union’s INTERREG IVA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) with support from the Department for Regional Development and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (DTTAS) in Ireland.

With the first train now in daily use, customers travelling between Belfast and Dublin will experience the start of the transformation of the cross-border rail experience with the remaining trains due to be in service over the coming months.

Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen and Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive for Translink are pictured chatting with customer Edna Murray from Belfast as the newly refurbished train left Belfast Central Station
Regional Development Minister Michelle McIlveen and Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive for Translink are pictured chatting with customer Edna Murray from Belfast as the newly refurbished train left Belfast Central Station for Dublin.

Transport Minister, Michelle McIlveen said: “The Northern Ireland Executive has invested significantly in railways and trains over the last decade with 43 new trains at a cost of around £200million in total. This has resulted in a tremendous growth in passenger numbers with a doubling of rail passengers in the last decade. Last year alone nearly 13.5million rail journeys were made in Northern Ireland.

“I am confident that this major improvement in the Enterprise trains will encourage even more growth in rail passengers along this key strategic rail link.

Welcoming the launch, Finance Minister Arlene Foster said: “The Enterprise service between Belfast and Dublin provides an important infrastructure link for passengers travelling between the two cities. This delivery of this project, supported under the EU’s INTERREG IVA programme, will deliver social and economic benefits for citizens in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, which will in turn contribute to economic growth and prosperity.”

Speaking at Belfast Central Station ahead of the train’s departure to Dublin Connolly Station, Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway said: “This is great news for our customers. The service looks and feels like a modern new train with the emphasis on comfort, service and value.

“Customers will first notice the train’s striking modern new look with a stylish purple, red and grey livery. Stepping on board, the transformation is incredible with vibrant, eye-catching new colour schemes, attractive seating with power sockets, plush carpets, new tables and lighting. Once all trains are completed we will also have our new electronic seat reservation displays operating.”

Refurbishment of all remaining Enterprise trains is scheduled for completion by the end of 2015.

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