Belfast to Derry line

Ireland-based companies McLaughlin & Harvey and McCann BAM Rail JV have received a £17m contract from Translink to upgrade the railway line between Londonderry and Coleraine in Northern Ireland, UK.

The deal is a major part of Translink’s Coleraine to Londonderry track renewals project, which is being funded by a £50m investment from the UK Department for Regional Development (DRD).

McCann BAM Rail JV will provide full track relay between Coleraine and Castlerock as well as between Eglinton and Londonderry.

The deal will also see McLaughlin and Harvey carry out track safety improvement works, including track re-railing between Umbra and Eglinton.

Eugene O’Brien, head of track at Translink NI, said that the project will require the complete closure of the railway line between Coleraine and Derry/Londonderry from 29 July until spring next year.

"This section of the track passes through some of our most scenic coastline and the completion of this project will allow us to build on this asset, contributing to the economic and social regeneration of the area, particularly during the 2013 City of Culture year," O’Brien said.

A temporary bus service will be put in place to transport passengers during the track works, which will start in July 2012 and complete in April 2013.

The project will also include installation of new drainage, new ducting for signalling cables, overhaul of the Bann Bridge and reconstruction of Pottagh Bridge.

Image: Under the deal, McLaughlin & Harvey and McCann BAM Rail JV will upgrade the railway line between Londonderry and Coleraine. Photo: courtesy of Aubrey Dale.