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Essential works to be carried out on Lurgan to Portadown line in coming months

The project will commence this coming month, with the works expected to be completed by late 2022.

Portadown Train Station

Translink will be carrying out essential engineering works to the railway between Lurgan and Portadown Train Stations over the coming months.

The work will involve upgrading the existing cabling infrastructure between Lurgan and Portadown Stations and the installation of new retaining walls to increase the rail corridor width and provide continuous positions of safety.

The project will commence this coming month, with the works expected to be completed by late 2022.

Translink’s Project Manager for the Lurgan to Portadown Cable renewal project, Aidan Smyth said: “Translink is upgrading nearly 9km of existing rail infrastructure between Lurgan and Portadown train stations. This vital work will improve the overall performance of the rail network, reduce the level of maintenance needed in the long term and maintain high safety standards.

“Translink is committed to maintaining and enhancing Northern Ireland’s infrastructure to deliver a high quality, safe and sustainable public transport network today and for future generations. This project represents the significant and on-going investment in this important railway corridor.

He continued: “We have carefully considered the best timing to deliver this important project in order to minimise the overall impact for passengers and residents. The main engineering works will be completed during nights ensuring passenger trains can continue to operate as normal.

“The engineering works will be carried out in various locations along the track, meaning works will not be concentrated in one area for a sustained period. We will also be working closely with our contractors, McLaughlin & Harvey, to complete the works as quickly as possible, keeping noise and inconvenience to a minimum.

“As part of communicating the essential engineering works with the community we will be writing to inform residents and other railway neighbours as the works progress. We will also be working closely with the community on some initiatives in the coming months.”

For more details on the project and to view our recent webinar, please visit www.translink.co.uk/lu2pd.

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