16/11/2015

Newly Refurbished Enterprise Train Opens To Passengers

The first of the newly refurbished Enterprise trains has now opened to passengers.

The new train travelling between Belfast and Dublin has been described as a "significant milestone".

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.

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 £200 million in total.
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"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."

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."

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

(CD/JP)

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