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The train journey from Dublin to Belfast is about to get longer

A consultation process on a change to train times is underway.

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THE FUTURE OF the Dublin to Belfast Enterprise rail service is currently under consideration.

If proposed changes go through, 15 minutes will be added to train journeys, with this being slightly less for some services.

This brings the journey time up to around two and a half hours and puts the service roughly on a par with the time someone might spend travelling in a car or by bus.

Criticising the proposal, SDLP transport spokesperson John Dallat called on members of the public to get involved in the consultation process.

Should the proposals – which Translink and Irish Rail intend to implement – go ahead, it means that journey times will be back to the steam era of 1947.

He went on to say that investment in the service was vital for encouraging people to use their cars less and take public transport.

Earlier this year a number of improvements were made to the Enterprise service, with upgrades to its mechanical system and a number of aesthetic improvements made to the interior of the train.

Included in the consultation are proposed changes to DART services, which could run at a greater frequency and start earlier in the morning.

The full draft timetable for changes to Iarnród Éireann services can be seen here.  

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