Increase to rail services on its way

TRANSLINK has confirmed that rail services on the Larne line are to increase by the end of the year.

Services through the borough are set to significantly increase after Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy approved the transport company’s new business plan.

The approval has meant NI Railways can introduce a new timetable extending its services.

The ministerial approval means that there will be a 20 per cent increase in seats and an 11 per cent increase in ‘passenger miles’ across the network.

The final details will be confirmed and made public following a consultation process.

A spokeswoman for Translink said the new timetable should be in place before the end of the year.

Announcing the approval of the business plan, Minister Danny Kennedy said: “The next stage will see more frequent services and additional seating capacity across the network and doubling key commuter trains from three cars to six.

“This will make rail travel in Northern Ireland even more attractive and encourage greater numbers of commuters out of their cars and on to public transport,” Mr Kennedy said.