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Portrush Station Wrapping Up for Christmas

21st December 2018

Work on the new £5.6m station at Portrush is progressing well, with work on schedule to complete during the spring of 2019.

The new station is part of the wider £17m Portrush Regeneration Programme, led by the Department for Communities (DfC), to regenerate and improve the town ahead of the 148th Open, which will be hosted at Royal Portrush Golf Club next summer.



Funding for the station has been secured from the Department for Communities, who are providing around £4.6m, and the Department for Infrastructure, who are contributing over £900,000.

Phase 2 works on the site are progressing well, with the construction of the new station building itself well underway, alongside the completion of two new platforms and the reconstruction of Platform 1.  The existing boundary wall at Eglinton Street has also been removed as part of the work, and planning is ongoing to finalise the design and erection of a series of creative and welcoming images synonymous with Portrush and the North Coast, as voted for during the summer by the public, along this boundary.

The last major project to be completed on-site before work stops for the Christmas and New year period will be the installation of the atrium on the roof of the new station building – this will be a major focal point of the station, giving a feeling of natural space and light, and promises to be a significant feature of the station for generations to come. 

Work will stop for the Christmas holidays on 21 December, recommencing on-site on Monday 7 January 2019.  There will be no access to the site during this time. 

John Glass, Translink Director of Infrastructure and Projects, said: ‘‘Work on the new Portrush station is making really good progress, and we’re looking forward to completing this important project during the spring of 2019. 

‘‘The contemporary station design is in keeping with the recent public realm enhancements made by DfC colleagues to revitalise Portrush town centre.  When complete, passengers will enjoy modern facilities with enhanced passenger information and more cycle storage to encourage active travel and ‘greener’ tourism.

‘‘With over 620,000 passenger journeys per year being made through the existing station, the new facility will allow for passenger growth and will offer a much improved passenger experience for commuters, tourists and those travelling to the town to enjoy the 148th Open.

‘‘The new station is an important vote of confidence by Translink in Portrush and in the wider Causeway Coast, helping us bring forward our vision of being ‘your first choice for travel in Northern Ireland.’  We would like to thank our stakeholders, including elected representatives, the local council and Portrush residents, for their ongoing support for this major project.’’


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