Causeway Chronicle

Translink update on University and Dhu Varren Platform Extensions

Translink have released information their plans to extend the platform at University Halt and Dhu Varren, due to take place over the coming months.

These works will ensure that the platform is extended to meet all required standards and provide opportunities for six carriage train sets to stop at both stations.

University and Dhu Varren platforms have been closed since May 28, scheduled to re-open in September 2023. During this closure, services will run as normal between Coleraine and Portrush but will not stop at the Dhu Varren or University Platforms. Passengers are encouraged to use the Ulsterbus 140 service, with NI Railway tickets valid for use.

However, the train line between Coleraine and Portrush will be closed on Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th June to accommodate essential construction works. The line will reopen on Wednesday 14th June 2023 and train services on the Portrush line will operate again as normal.

A bus substitution service will be in operation during this line closure and passengers are advised to check the Translink Journey Planner ( before travelling.

Throughout the duration of the platform extension project there will be a combination of day and night working in the vicinity of both University and Dhu Varren platforms, as well as the temporary compound site adjacent to Shell Hill Square, Coleraine. Therefore, Charles Brand will implement mitigation measures to minimise disturbance, including temporary acoustic barriers to reduce noise, sensitive positioning of lighting away from residential properties, and a quiet working ethic will be implemented by all contractors.

More information on the project, including a recording of our latest webinar, can be found online or should you wish to speak with our Project Control Team regarding the works, you can contact them on 02890 394402.

These works demonstrate Translink’s commitment to improving the railway network in your area and represents the significant, ongoing investment in this important railway corridor. We would like to thank you in advance for your patience and continued support whilst essential improvement works are carried out.


Maurice Bradley