Ongoing work on the North-West Multi-Modal Transport Hub at the Grade B-listed Waterside Train Station in Derry~Londonderry will require a scheduled weekend line closure during the weekends of 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd June. This is to facilitate essential track and signalling work as part of this major Translink project.
Representing an investment of approximately £27 million, funding for this project has been secured from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for Infrastructure and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.
This work has been timed in order to minimise disruption for railway users and the wider community in the city. Bus substitutions will be in place between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine, via Limavady, for NI Railways passengers during this period. Buses will depart from Foyle Street Bus Centre, and will service Waterside Railway Station. Customers who would normally travel to and from Bellarena should be aware that bus substitutions will serve Limavady Bus Station during this period.
During the affected weekends, a regular NI Railways timetable will operate between Great Victoria Street and Coleraine. Bus substitutions serving Castlerock, Limavady and Derry~Londonderry will be available from Coleraine Bus and Rail Centre.
In addition to the forthcoming weekend closure, we will be working closely with our contractors, Farrans and Rhomberg Sersa, to carry out scheduled evening works on the line between Mondays and Fridays during the period 10th June-28th June, incorporating the full weekend closures. This will impact on the following services:
21:10 from Great Victoria Street will operate as far as Coleraine – a bus substitution will be in place between Coleraine and Derry~Londonderry, serving Castlerock and Limavady (for Bellarena).
06:12 from Derry~Londonderry will be a bus substitution as far as Coleraine, calling at Limavady (for Bellarena)
06:38 from Derry~Londonderry on Saturday 29th June will be a bus substitution as far as Coleraine, calling at Limavady (for Bellarena)
During the weekend closures of 15th-16th and 22nd-23rd June, all trains will operate between Belfast and Portrush, with bus substitutions in place between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine, calling at Limavady (for Bellarena) and Castlerock
There will be no change to services between Coleraine and Belfast.
A further 12-day closure of the line between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine will follow in October, just prior to the completion of Phase 1 works and the opening of the facility. Phase 2 works, which will focus on the Park and Ride site and bus turning circle, will complete by summer 2020.
During the forthcoming weekend closures, engineering equipment will be operating along the line. As always, Translink would ask the local community to remain vigilant, continue to use designated railway crossings safely and not to become complacent. It will be important to impress upon young people the potential dangers of using the tracks as a shortcut or trespassing on or near NI Railways property or around engineering sites.
Along with our contractors, Translink would like to thank commuters and members of the community in the North-West for their patience while we carry out this essential work.