Background

Translink and the Department for Infrastructure have been working in conjunction with the Strategic Investment Board and have identified the potential to create a class leading integrated Public Transport Hub that will be a high class Gateway for Belfast.
 
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.
 
 
 
 
A New Heart of the City
Since the late 1990s Belfast's economy has been one of the fastest growing in the UK. The same unprecedented growth is also true of public transport in Northern Ireland. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Record Numbers
Almost 80 million passenger journeys are made on the NI public transport infrastructure each year. Last year a record 13 million passenger journeys were made by rail - over twice the number since the current Great Victoria Street station was designed and built in 1995.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
 
 
Creating Jobs and Wealth
The Hub will be a high class Gateway and create a fantastic first impression of Belfast as a progressive and confident capital city. Last year Northern Ireland attracted over 2 million visitors, contributing around £531 million to the economy.
 
 
 
 
 
The Gateway to Belfast and Northern Ireland
The Gateway to Belfast and Northern Ireland
The new Transport Hub in Belfast will improve and increase access to the city centre and connections across the region and beyond.
Similar Experience in Great Britain and Europe
Similar Experience in Great Britain and Europe
Experience in Great Britain and Europe shows that investing in public transport infrastructure, particularly this type of project, improves the public transport experience.
 
 
 
 
 
The Sheffield Experience
77% increase in total station entry/exits (2003-09), which compares to a national average of 42% for the same period
67% increase in land values within a 400m radius of the station between 2003 and 2008, which was three times the average increase for the rest of Sheffield over the same time period
Major inward investors cited improvements in the quality of the station and public realm as a key factor in deciding to relocate businesses to the city
Network Rail report that a 10% change (improvement) in rail connectivity can increase the number of jobs within a given area by up to 14%.
 
 
 
 
What Now?
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.
 
 
 
 
Transport Transformation
 
 
 
 
 
Project Endorsements

This is one of the most significant developments for Belfast to be considered for many years. Its success of course is of great importance to the economic performance of Northern Ireland and a vital part of the overall transport provision for the entire island.

Richard Lutton
Head of Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) Secretariat

 

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

 
 
 
 
 
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