Rail line closure - disruption to Ballymena train services
Translink have confirmed that essential works on the Braid River Bridge in Ballymena will necessitate a rail line closure from this weekend - starting tonight, March 26.
Translink have pointed out that the work, alongside their contractor GRAHAM, is necessary in order to enhance waterproofing of the bridge structure, carry out improvement works to drainage and masonry repairs and maintenance to ensure the long-term safety and reliability of the bridge, as well as to minimise the need for future repair work.
It forms part of a scheduled programme of railway bridge maintenance works to be carried out by Translink across Northern Ireland to enhance the safety of the network.
The work is due to be completed by April, with most work taking place during daytime working hours (7am-7pm) Monday to Friday, with no disruption to train services. Some weekend night-time works will be required during this period, again with no disruption to services.
However, for health and safety reasons, and in order to effectively complete the works, an extended line closure will be necessary from 11:59pm on Friday, March 26, until 5am on Tuesday, March 30. No train services will operate via Ballymena during this period and bus substitutions will be in place between Antrim and Coleraine, serving Ballymena and Cullybackey Train Stations.
Services between Belfast and Antrim and Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine will be unaffected.
Translink have also stated that due to the nature of the works, local residents may be aware of some additional noise during the essential night-time shifts but that very effort will be made to keep any noise and disruption to a minimum at all times.
Further information can be found online at www.translink.co.uk