TRANSLINK is encouraging the public to ‘Try the Train’ between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine on March 24 following the re-opening of the railway line and the start of scheduled passenger services.
Over 85,000 households situated close to the railway line between Ballymena and Derry~Londonderry will receive a new North West Train Timetable along with a 50% off day return ticket voucher* to ‘Try the Train’. Timetables will also be available from main Translink stations and online at www.translink.co.uk.
Exclusive commemorative train tickets will be presented to the first 500 passengers travelling on timetabled services between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine on March 24 - the first train departure on Sunday from Derry~Londonderry is 9.42am or from Coleraine at 10.52am.
Following the re-opening, Translink is also urging the public to always remain safe and vigilant when near railway tracks. Motorists and pedestrians may have been crossing the tracks while the engineering works were ongoing, without exercising the usual caution required. For reasons of safety, CCTV is in operation at stations, railway crossings and on all trains. These monitor inappropriate behaviour and, in an effort to keep everyone safe, Translink will prosecute anyone caught damaging property, trespassing or endangering others.
Mal McGreevy, Translink General Manager – Rail Services, said: “The re-opening of the railway line and the start of scheduled passenger services marks a significant milestone in the development of the rail network in the North West. We would now encourage passengers to familiarise themselves with the new train timetable to help plan their journeys.
“Every week-day, the first train into Derry~Londonderry will arrive at 8.25am and we expect this to be a popular morning service for both commuters and students. Translink is the official Public Transport Partner to the UK City of Culture and the railway line will also play a key role in bringing visitors to the range of exciting events and celebrations planned throughout the year.
“Following the period of closure on the line, some pedestrians and motorists may have forgotten about the very real dangers associated with rail tracks. We would remind them that the rules are simple – don’t use the tracks as a shortcut; on the platform always wait behind the yellow line; never mess around near the tracks; use railway crossings safely and motorists should never be tempted to jump the lights or beat the barriers at railway crossings.
“The journey itself features some spectacular scenery that can all be enjoyed from the comfort of modern trains making it a very relaxing way to travel. March 24 will certainly be a very exciting day and we hope as many people as possible will ‘Try the Train’ and celebrate this milestone date. We would once again like to thank all our customers for their patience and support as we worked hard to re-open the railway line before the Easter holidays.” said Mal.
For further information call the Translink contact centre tel. 028 90 66 66 30.