Belfast–Newry railway line
The Belfast–Newry 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.
Craigmore Viaduct in Bessbrook near Newry.
Craigmore Viaduct with the Mournes in the background, seen from Bessbrook near Newry station.
Viaduct over the River Bann near Portadown.
The exGatwick Express rolling stock on the line at Goodyear near Seagoe.
- Northern Ireland Railways page on Belfast-Newry line
- Northern Ireland Railways page on Cross Border (Enterprise) line
- Northern Ireland Railways page on the Enterprise Service to Dublin Connolly