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Possible 90 minute train journey between Belfast and Dublin

The Enterprise train
Áine Quinn

Plans of a possible 90 minute Enterprise train service between Belfast and Dublin are expected to be unveiled today.

The Chairman of Translink, Frank Hewitt and the Chairman of Iarnród Éireann, Frank Allen will outline the strategy which has been named 'Better Connecting Dublin and Belfast’.

The two companies are expected to work together in order to upgrade the important North to South rail line, and potentially create a high speed service between the two largest cities on the island.

The strategy will include plans for a new fleet of trains for a more frequent hourly service and a shorter travel time.

Currently it can take up to two hours and fifteen minutes to travel between the two cities, which is slow compared to the much faster travel times in other countries.

However this strategy aims to first reduce the time it takes to travel between Belfast and Dublin, to under two hours.

Then through further enhancement, and introducing electrification on the line, Translink and Iarnród Éireann intend to eventually shorten the journey to 90 minutes or under.

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