Sunday 22 April 2018

Train services between Belfast and Dublin resume after suspected bomb discovery

Rail services have been disrupted by a security alert at Lurgan, Co Armagh
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Rail services between Belfast and Dublin have reopened after more than 12 hours of disruption due to a security alert in Lurgan, Co Armagh.

Iarnrod Eireann said this morning the line had closed between Portadown and Belfast since last night, and bus transfers were in operation.

At around 2.45pm today, Iarnrod Eireann announced that the service was reopened.

At least nine services between Dublin and Belfast were affected since 7pm yesterday.

A spokesperson for Iarnrod Eireann told this morning: "As soon as the security services give the all-clear, train services will be back up and running again."

Last night, passengers on three Dublin to Belfast trains and two Belfast to Dublin trains were affected. Around four services this morning were affected.

Police were alerted to suspicious activity around the Bells Row crossing near Antrim Road in Lugan, Inspector Gary Jones said.

It was then reported to police that a device had been left on the railway line.

Translink closed the Belfast to Dublin railway line and the Antrim Road/Cornakinnegar Roads were closed at the railway crossing.

There is a bus substitution in operation between Lurgan and Moira, Co Down. Translink said all services are being maintained with minor delays.

PSNI Chief Inspector Paul Reid said: "Motorists in Lurgan are advised that the crossing at Bells Row will also remain closed for some time and they should avoid the Antrim Road and Cornakinnegar Road areas until further notice.

"I would appeal to any member of the public who notices any suspicious item or who may have any information about persons acting suspiciously in the area recently to report it to police immediately."

Belfast Telegraph

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