Translink welcomed a new, longer crossing train to passenger service on Wednesday as part of a £ 66million investment in Northern Ireland’s rail system.
The three new cars have been attached to an existing train and will allow passengers to walk the full length of the vehicle.
It also aims to increase the number of passengers that can be accommodated with 1,600 additional seats available each day.
The new train is the first of seven trains that will be converted to longer trains when the remaining cars arrive.
The new cars are made by Spanish railway manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) and arrived in Belfast in March.
Translink said existing donor Class 4000 trains running on the network have also been upgraded, with improved air conditioning and USB charging points.
The introduction of the longer trains comes as work continues on a new £ 200million transport hub in Belfast at the Great Victoria Street site.
Chris Conway, Managing Director of Translink, hoped the new trains would help support the climate by providing more incentives to use public transport.
“This exciting program heralds a new step in the transformation of public transport here. Passengers will benefit from the latest standards of comfort, quality and accessibility with modern furnishings, USB chargers in the seat and improved air conditioning, ”he said.
“With around 1,600 additional seats available every day, these new trains are also greener and more energy efficient.
“This investment will help encourage more people to support NI’s low-carbon economy, protect the environment, and ensure a better, more inclusive and resilient future for all.” “
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said the new extended train would provide more capacity on some of Northern Ireland’s busiest routes.
“I think rail has huge untapped potential to deliver multiple benefits across our island. It is therefore essential that we continue to invest and modernize our rail network as we work to rebuild greener and more responsibly from Covid-19, ”she added.
“I look forward to the delivery of the remaining cars over the next few months, which will bring new benefits to passengers and encourage more people to switch to public transport. “
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