The Belfast – Newry railway line (known as the Portadown line by NI Railways)
operates from Belfast Central railway station in County Antrim
to Newry in County Down, Northern Ireland.
The manager for this line is based at Portadown railway station,
although the line extends to the border
to include the Scarva and Poyntzpass Halts and Newry.
Newry is on the fringe of the network,
being the last stop before the border with the Republic of Ireland.
The line follows the route of the northern half of the Belfast-Dublin Main Line,
with the exception of calling at Belfast Great Victoria Street.
Northern Ireland Railways operates an intensive local service
on this line between Belfast and Lisburn,
with other services operating to and from Portadown.
Local services are operated with C3K trains,
constructed by CAF, Spain.
A less intensive local service operates from Newry,
with only four local services a day operating from there.
The station does, however, adequately meet passenger demand
as a calling point on the popular Enterprise Express service,
which operates between Belfast Central and Dublin Connolly.
These trains call at Newry and Portadown stations
at two hour intervals throughout the day.
The Enterprise also serves Lurgan, Lisburn and Botanic
at scheduled frequencies on Sundays.
This service is operated in partnership with Iarnród Éireann.
Translink announced in March 2006 that planning permission
was sought from Newry and Mourne District Council
to construct a new railway statio
to the east of the existing station at Newry.
Platform improvement and extension is proposed,
as are replacement canopies, a track maintenance building
and a new 'Park and Ride' facility.
Alongside this, a major upgrade is currently taking place
to refurbish all the stations on this line
with the exception of Bangor, Central and Great Victoria Street.
This project is estimated to cost £7 million