27/11/2009

£14m Newry Rail Station Opens

A newly built train station has been opened in Newry, following a £14.2m investment by Northern Ireland Rail.

The modern facility has incorporated 300 new customer parking spaces, and will play a vital role in the Dublin to Belfast express service.

Stormont Transport Minister Conor Murphy said he hoped the re-introduction of full services, in conjunction with the opening of this new station, will attract passengers back to the Enterprise service.

"The line from Newry to Belfast accounts for more passenger journeys than any of the other local lines, with 3.2 million on services last year. This new facility should encourage further growth, particularly for those commuting from South Down and South Armagh," he said.

Some of the stations new facilities include a landscaped 300 space Park & Ride site with 14 disabled bays; new link road to the station easing congestion; an integrated bus terminus and turning facility; lifts to access both platforms; bi-lingual signage, a platform canopy; heated passenger waiting area and electronic passenger information.

(PR/KMcA)

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