Derry-Coleraine rail line set to close for upgrade

Rail lobby group Into the West have welcomed the beginning of work to upgrade the Londonderry to Coleraine train line.

From Sunday, it will be out of service for nine months to upgrade the track.

Eamonn McCann said it was "a pity" the track would not re-open in time for the start of Derry's year as UK City of Culture, but the work had to be done.

"Into the West campaigned for the renewal of this line for a number of years," he said.

"We are disappointed it didn't happen sooner, but better late than never."

Translink said bus substitution services will operate between Derry and Coleraine while the engineering work is being carried out.

NI Railways has apologised for any inconvenience caused.