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UK: A £105m order for 20 three-car diesel multiple-units was signed by Northern Ireland transport operator Translink, the Department for Regional Development and manufacturer CAF on March 25. The first of the Class 4000 trains will enter service at the end of 2011, with all 20 in traffic by 2013. The design will be a development of the 23 Class 3000 units CAF supplied in 2005, with changes including better fuel efficiency. Delivery of the latest batch of trains will enable the withdrawal of 13 older Class 80 and 450 DMUs. The Northern Ireland budget for 2008/09 to 2010/11 allocates £137m for projects on the province’s 1 600 mm gauge rail network, including the train purchase. Associated works include a £12m project to extend track life between Ballymena and Coleraine. The construction of passing loops and upgrades to signalling will enable the provision of an hourly service between Belfast and Londonderry, while platforms will be extended to handle six-car trains. A new maintenance facility is to be created at the former Adelaide freight yard in Belfast, as NI Railways’ York Road and Fortwilliam depots are nearing full capacity. ‘These new trains will allow us to increase the capacity and frequency in order to meet the growing passenger demand and encourage even more people to take the train’, said Catherine Mason, Group Chief Executive of Translink.
E-mail: [email protected] Dan Horner, a 27-year-old transplant from New Jersey, leads the Salt Lake City Open after 18 holes of the 36-hole tournament.Horner fired a 5-under-par 67 at Bonneville Golf Course Saturday to take a one-shot lead over fellow amateurs Scott Clark, Zach Johnson and Herb Lyons and Riverside assistant pro Chris Moody.Eaglewood pro Ryan Rhees, Glendale assistant Greg Slack and reigning Utah Open champion Greg Buckway are all tied at 69, while six pros and twoamateurs are tied at 70.The final round will be played today at Wingpointe Golf Course with the leaders teeing off at 2:30 p.m.Bob Rudd and Jimmy Blair lead the seniors with 70s. Others at 70 include pros Dave DeSantis, Matt Johnson, Nick McKinlay and defending champion Henry White along with amateurs Tyler Weight and Dustin Pimm.The winner of the tournament, sponsored by Burton Lumber, earns $3,500, while the senior winner gets $1,100. Flight leaders are Thom Wright in A Flight with a 69 and Mike Astoris in B Flight with a 75.