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Portrush’s Gateway to the World

17 April 2019

Excitement continues to build in Portrush as the £5.6m project to give the town a new station ahead of The 148th Open moves into its final stages.

Funding for the station has been secured from the Department for Communities (£4.7m) and Department for Infrastructure (over £900k). 

The new train station is one element of a wider £17m Portrush Regeneration Programme, led by the Department for Communities, which also includes a major public realm and revitalisation scheme for the town ahead of The 148th Open, which will be held in Portrush this summer.  Work will conclude ahead of the tournament, which will be played at Royal Portrush this July.  

With upwards of 620,000 journeys already made to and from Portrush Train Station annually, the new station is future-proofed to accommodate future growth.  
 A major feature of the new facility will the landmark gateway images facing onto Eglinton Street; selected by public vote last summer, these will capture the essence of the Causeway Coast, showcasing some synonymous events and sights including the North-West 200, the air show, coastal views, iconic venues and of course golf, helping to cement the station’s status as a landmark in the town.

Manufacture of the images is at an advanced stage, and they are planned to be installed later this spring ahead of the station’s official opening.  

John Glass, Translink’s Director of Infrastructure and Projects, said: ‘‘Our ongoing work in relation to this £5.6m facility is nearing its final stages, and we’re looking forward to seeing it enter service.  

‘‘As Translink continues to transform public transport to be ‘Your First Choice’ for travel, investments like Portrush are critical.  This new, fully accessible station will offer modern, waiting facilities, improved passenger information and signage to local attractions and amenities, as well as enhanced cycle storage to promote active travel and ‘greener’ tourism links.  

‘‘With much of the structural work now complete, we are very keen to make the station warm and welcoming as Portrush’s gateway to the world, not just for The 148th Open but for the large numbers of tourists and other visitors passing through.  The gateway images facing Eglinton Street will add colour and vibrancy to this part of the town, alongside a real sense of ‘place’ and ‘belonging’ to the station and cementing its status at the heart the town, as well as emphasising links to the wider Causeway Coast and beyond. 



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