Following last year’s Lurgan Area Track Renewal (LATR) project, which upgraded 1.7km of twin track between William Street and a point beyond Bell’s Row level crossing in the town, some limited night-time works will be required in the area.
These will be carried out by Translink and their contractor, Babcock.
The LATR project has represented a significant investment in the vital southern railway corridor, and although the main project is complete, a short programme of works to consolidate ballast under the track via machinery needs to be carried out.
This will help make the track more durable and ensure the long-term stability of the track through Lurgan, as well as facilitate the removal of temporary speed restrictions, allowing trains passing through the town to travel at their full-line speed.
This work will be carried out at night, commencing on Monday, March 9 and concluding early on Monday, March 16.
Some noise is likely during these works; however, every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum; the machinery will be at different locations along the track each night throughout this period.
The work requires temporary closures of the three level crossings in the town. These will be staggered as follows:
Lake Street – closed from 10pm on Monday 9th March until 6am on Thursday, March 12.
Bell’s Row – closed from 10pm on Wednesday 11th March until 6am on Saturday, March 14.
William Street – closed from 10pm on Friday 13th March until 6am on Monday, March 16.
Traffic diversions will be in place during these periods, with pedestrian access being maintained at the level crossings. There will be no disruption to NI Railways or Enterprise services as a result of these works.
Translink is grateful to the Lurgan community for their ongoing support for this major project, which reduces the level of long-term maintenance required on the track at Lurgan.