Belfast–Newry railway line

Portadown/Newry Line

NI Railways Class 3000 at Dunmurry.
Type Commuter rail
Regional rail
Heavy rail
System NI Railways
Status Operational
Locale Northern Ireland
Termini Belfast Central
Newry / Portadown / Lisburn
Stations 18
Services Belfast / Bangor-Newry
Belfast / Bangor-Portadown
Belfast / Bangor-Lisburn (peak only)
Portadown-Newry (morning only)
Belfast-Dublin (Enterprise service)
Newry-Bray (Iarnród Éireann service)
Operator(s) NI Railways (Enterprise)
Rolling stock Class 201
Class 3000 "C3K"
Class 4000 "C4K"
Class 29000
De Dietrich Stock
Number of tracks Double track
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) Irish gauge
Electrification Un-electrified
Route map

Belfast-Larne/Bangor railway lines
to Carrickfergus, Larne Town, Bangor
Belfast Central Belfast-Bangor railway line Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Dublin railway line Belfast-Larne railway line
Botanic Belfast-Bangor railway line Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Larne railway line
Botanic Tunnel
City Hospital Belfast-Bangor railway line Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Larne railway line
Great Victoria Street Belfast-Bangor railway line Belfast-Derry railway line Belfast-Larne railway line
Adelaide depot
Lisburn Belfast-Dublin railway line
Lisburn-Antrim railway line
to Glenavy, Crumlin, Antrim
Lurgan Belfast-Dublin railway line
River Bann
Portadown Belfast-Dublin railway line
Newry Belfast-Dublin railway line Dublin Suburban Rail
Belfast-Dublin railway line
to Dundalk, Drogheda, Dublin Connolly

The BelfastNewry railway line (known as the Portadown line by NI Railways) operates from Belfast Central railway station in County Antrim to Newry in County Down, Northern Ireland. The manager for this line is based at Portadown railway station, although the line extends to the border to include the Scarva and Poyntzpass halts and Newry. Newry is on the fringe of the network, being the last stop before the border with the Republic of Ireland. The line follows the route of the northern half of the Belfast-Dublin Main Line, with the exception of calling at Belfast Great Victoria Street.

Northern Ireland Railways operates an intensive local service on this line between Belfast and Lisburn, with other services operating to and from Portadown. Local services are operated with C3K trains, constructed by CAF, Spain. A less intensive local service operates from Newry, with only four local services a day operating from there. A single service operated by Iarnród Éireann also runs on weekday mornings between Newry and Dublin Connolly along the Belfast-Dublin line, calling at all stations in between.

The station does, however, adequately meet passenger demand as a calling point on the popular Enterprise express service, which operates between Belfast Central and Dublin Connolly. These trains call at Newry and Portadown stations at two hourly intervals throughout the day. The Enterprise also serves Lurgan and Lisburn at scheduled frequencies on Sundays. This service is operated in partnership with Iarnród Éireann .

Translink announced in March 2006 that planning permission was sought from Newry and Mourne District Council to construct a new railway station to the east of the existing station at Newry. Platform improvement and extension is proposed, as are replacement canopies, a track maintenance building and a new 'Park and Ride' facility. Alongside this, a major upgrade is currently taking place to refurbish all the stations on this line with the exception of Bangor, Central and Great Victoria Street. This project is estimated to cost £7 million

Most NIR services continue on through Great Victoria Street and stop at stations on the Bangor line before terminating at Bangor.

Newry Canal Towpath

Passengers can alight at Portadown, Scarva and Poyntzpass to access the towpath of the Newry Canal.


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