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Work Progressing Well North-West Multi-Modal Transport Hub

12 March 2019

Since getting underway in September 2018, work has progressed well on the sustainable North-West Multi-Modal Transport Hub at the former Waterside Train Station in Derry~Londonderry.

Representing an investment of around £27 million, funding has been secured from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), with match funding provided by the Department for Infrastructure and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.  

This ambitious cross-border project, which has the potential to transform travel across the north-west, represents a major vote of confidence in the region by Translink, sitting alongside wider investment of approximately £55 million in the Derry~Londonderry area in recent years.  

John Glass, Translink’s Director of Infrastructure and Projects, said: ‘‘Work on the North-West Multi-Modal Transport Hub is making strong progress, with Phase 1 works on track to complete this autumn, which will include the opening of the station building.  

‘‘The regeneration of the Grade B listed former Waterside Train Station as the Hub’s focal point is well underway, with the 1980s-era alterations at the front of the building having been removed and the west elevation roof nearing completion.  Construction works for an associated retaining wall at Browning Drive have commenced, and the removal of vegetation around the Ebrington Greenway and Browning Drive is complete.

‘‘As part of essential track and signalling work, there will be a full line closure during the weekend of 29 March – 1 April, followed by two consecutive weekends in June and a 12 day closure in mid-October. These works are timed in order to minimise disruption for railway users as much as possible.  

‘‘In addition to this, we will be working closely with our contractors, Farrans/Rhomberg Sersa, to carry out night works on the line which will have an impact on the last train at night, arriving in the city at 23:22 Monday – Saturday and 21:22 on Sundays, and the first train leaving the city in the morning, departing at 06:12 Monday-Friday, 06:38 on Saturdays and 09:38 on Sundays.  Bus substitutions will be provided for these services, with all other scheduled services running without planned interruption.  More details will be made available before this work gets underway, and every effort will be made to keep noise and disruption to a minimum”.

‘‘The new Hub sits comfortably alongside other Translink investments in the city over recent years. It will be an important gateway to the north-west region, acting as a catalyst for development in the Waterside and encouraging regeneration in the local area, as well as supporting business, leisure and tourism for the city as a whole. Alongside the protection of the well-loved Grade B listed building, the project will encourage a modal shift from car to public transport and other sustainable modes by providing integrated and convenient services to encourage more active travel for a healthier region.  The new facility will offer a new greenway link to the city centre via the iconic Peace Bridge, new track and signalling work, enhanced park and ride capacity, additional cycle storage and an integrated facility for the provision of rail and local bus services, as well as Goldline and cross-border services.  

‘‘Since the introduction of the hourly service from Derry~Londonderry to Belfast in 2017, we have witnessed a substantial growth in passenger numbers on the line travelling to and from the city.  We are confident that the North-West Transport Hub will build on this success by encouraging even more people to use public transport, making travel by bus or rail ‘your first choice’ for travel.’’

ENDS

Published
12/03/2019

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