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Transport Minister Conor Murphy opens £14.6million Newry Railway Station

25 November, 2009 - by Westminster

Transport Minister, Conor Murphy today officially opened the new £14.6million Newry Railway Station.

The Minister said: "This new station will provide a modern, attractive facility for passengers with many new amenities, including the provision for 300 parking spaces for the use of rail passengers.

"The new station, with its state of the art passenger building and concourse, is in stark contrast to the facilities previously provided. Reliability, comfort and accessibility are important factors in attracting people to public transport and I hope passengers will quickly see the benefits arising from the investment in this new station for Newry.

On the recent re-opening of the line at Malahide, the Minister said: "This new facility is an important development in enhancing the Enterprise services between Dublin and Belfast, which is of key economic importance to the island of Ireland. I hope that the re-introduction of full services, in conjunction with the opening of this new station, will quickly attract passengers back to the Enterprise service.

"The line from Newry to Belfast accounts for more passenger journeys than any of the other local lines, with 3.2 million on services last year. This new facility should encourage further growth, particularly for those commuting from South Down and South Armagh."

Some of the stations new facilities include: a landscaped 300 space Park & Ride site with 14 disabled bays; new link road to the station easing congestion; an integrated bus terminus and turning facility; lifts to access both platforms; bi-lingual signage, a platform canopy; heated passenger waiting area and electronic passenger information.

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