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Enterprise problems need urgent attention

There can only be alarm over the bizarre circumstances which have forced the operating licence of the new £12m Enterprise trains to be temporarily suspended on the southern side of the border.

It has been confirmed that passenger doors on the recently upgraded carriages unexpectedly opened twice, including on one occasion when a normal service was running, forcing an intervention by the Republic's Railway Safety Commission.

Concerns were previously expressed that some journey times between Belfast and Dublin had actually increased, despite the latest investment, but removing any possible risk to the travelling public must always be the priority.

It is surely not too much to ask that, well into the 21st century, the rail link between the two largest cities in Ireland should be fit for purpose in every respect.

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