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Enterprise Cross - Border Rail Service

A £120 million joint venture by Northern Ireland Railways and Iarnod Eireann in the historic Belfast to Dublin rail link has provided one of the most modern customer-focused rail services in Europe. The new Enterprise Cross-Border rail service is also the largest and most important project ever undertaken by the two railway companies and a fine example of cross-border co-operation. It will provide positive benefits for people in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland by promoting further commercial, industrial and tourism contacts within the region which has become known as the Dublin - Belfast Economic Corridor.

The new Enterprise is part of the European High Speed Railway Network, an initiative by the European Commission to develop services between the European Union's key cities. The Dublin-Belfast rail link was one of 14 priority projects recognised by European transport planners.

Grants up to 85% from the European Regional Development Fund and the Cohesion Fund were made with the remainder being provided by the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company, Coras Iompair Eireann and the governments of the United kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. The Enterprise Services brings the island of Ireland into line with developments in Europe by creating a fast and high quality network for business people, tourists and other travellers between the two major cities of Belfast and Dublin. Opportunities for improved carriage of freight have also been created.

Introduction of the new high speed Enterprise trains was facilitated by a complex cross-border engineering operation to up-grade 113 route miles of rail track to carry the 90mph train. In addition, a total of 60 bridges - 42 of them in the Republic of Ireland and the remainder in Northern Ireland, received attention.

This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (E.R.D.F.) and the Cohesion Fund.

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