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Transport Minister welcomes the first of 20 new trains at Belfast docks

14 March, 2011

Transport Minister, Conor Murphy, today welcomed the arrival of the first of 20 brand new ‘Class 4000’ trains at Pollock Dock, Belfast Harbour.

The new train was delivered by ship from the Spanish train builders, CAF to Belfast docks where Translink took delivery and transported it to their York Road engineering depot.

Mr Murphy said: "The start of delivery of these 20 trains represents an £114million commitment by my Department to improve and modernise rail services for passengers across the North. On top of the £81m investment in 23 trains in 2005 - this means that all the older trains currently in service will be replaced.

"The first of these ultra modern trains will enter passenger service by the end of the year, offering the public a high standard of performance, comfort, safety and accessibility and I look forward to the full fleet being delivered and introduced to passenger service during 2012.

"Passenger numbers on railways now exceed 10 million annually a 60% growth rate since 2002 and despite the difficult budget constraints, significant planned investment on the railways network highlights my own and the Executives commitment to improving services.

"Over the next budget period, as well as funding these new trains, my Department will also fund associated projects such as a new Train Maintenance Facility at Adelaide, Belfast and platform extensions as well as the start of the Derry to Coleraine track relay. This will ensure the continued modernisation of the infrastructure and contribute to continuing to increase rail passenger numbers."

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