Located on the site of the Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Train Station, the new Hub will create an excellent first impression of Belfast as a confident and progressive capital city offering state of the art links to national and international markets, create new jobs, provide investment opportunities, reduce congestion and share and support Belfast's successful growing economy.
The development has the potential to be one of the most important development projects in the region and was recently cited in the Urban Strategies Report commissioned and published by Belfast City Council as one of the top projects needed to deliver the overall vision of Belfast as a modern European City helping to attract tourism and investors significantly boosting the region's economy.
As a 'green urban gateway' the Transport Hub will offer the very highest levels of operational performance as well as enhance the whole passenger journey experience providing better facilities and essential additional capacity for bus, coach and rail services to cater for the growing customer base.
The development will also include a large section of commercial development bringing the potential for significant private investment directly on site as well as into the immediate area providing many knock-on commercial, income generating opportunities. Substantial job opportunities will be created through making available lands for commercial use in partnership with the private sector.
Substantial job opportunities will be created through making available lands for commercial use in partnership with the private sector.
Construction is expected to commence in 2016-17 subject to securing the appropriate funding and planning permissions.
This project has appeal on all levels - to users of public transport; locally-based businesses and local residents. It offers real economic benefits for Belfast and the region in challenging times when opportunities have been limited. Seize this chance to be part of something that will be the catalyst for growth for Belfast and benefit the whole of Northern Ireland and get behind the Hub!
Since then we've met a wide variety of people interested in the project to provide updates on progress and answer their questions about all aspects of this major infrastructure and regeneration project
This phase of public consultation will provide valuable feedback for our developing design and ensure that it meets your expectations for a multi-modal transport hub. We will consult with you again on our final proposals before we submit a planning application.
The proposal for a new transport hub at Gt Victoria Street is to be welcomed as a major improvement in the convenience and connectivity of the regional rail system and associated transport links. A major redesign of the station and of the ground floors and street environmental of the Gt. Victoria Street frontage could give the station a much stronger presence in the city centre, something which would, given the experience of other urban rail stations, lead to greatly enhanced potential on a significant number of vacant sites in and around the hub.
Urban Strategies Report
Excerpt June 2014