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New 520 space Park and Ride for Dundonald opens

28 November 2014

Commuters travelling into Belfast from Dundonald, Newtownards and the surrounding areas will be able to use a new Park & Ride facility which opens on Monday, 1 December.

The 520 space Dundonald Park and Ride site was officially opened by Transport Minister, Danny Kennedy. Use of the Park & Ride car park is free of charge.

Dundonald Park & Ride will form a key part of the new Belfast Rapid Transit system which is scheduled to start services in 2017.  

In the meantime, the Park & Ride will be served by a new dedicated limited stop Metro 4X service during peak hours and by existing Translink Ulsterbus services at other times. The dedicated Metro service will use new environmentally friendly Euro 6 double-deck vehicles.  Bicycle parking facilities are also provided adjacent to the terminal building.

Danny Kennedy said “This excellent new facility in Dundonald will further enhance the Park & Ride offering for commuters travelling to Belfast, in particular those travelling from Dundonald and the Ards Peninsula.

 “There is a significant, and growing, demand for Park & Ride facilities which highlights the success brought about by my Department’s investment in public transport in recent years, success that I would intend to continue to build upon.”

The new Park & Ride facility features a sustainable urban drainage system to manage the surface water from the site. This will minimise the impact of the new carpark on the drainage system in the surrounding area.

Initially three Belfast Rapid Transit routes are planned to link Dundonald in east Belfast, the proposed Colin Town Centre in west Belfast, and the Titanic Quarter via the city centre.

Continuing the Minister said:  “Belfast Rapid Transit is an innovative and ambitious project that will create a modern and dynamic public transport system for Belfast, one that will provide people with better access to jobs, hospitals, shops, schools, colleges, leisure and entertainment facilities.

 “It will help to promote an image of Belfast as a modern, vibrant city and provide an excellent environment for passengers in terms of comfort, space, security and on-board information.

“The system will incorporate high quality halts enabling easy access to vehicles, real-time information systems for easier journey planning and off-vehicle ticketing to speed up the boarding process. The vehicles currently being procured will use the latest hybrid diesel/electric engine technology, the first of their kind in Northern Ireland.”

BRT services are expected to start in the autumn of 2017.

David Strahan, Translink Group Chief Executive said the opening of the new facility will benefit thousands of commuters travelling into the city.

He said: “The popularity of park and ride across Northern Ireland continues to go from strength to strength.   This latest facility gives customers even better travel choices; so we are looking forward to welcoming more new people on board to enjoy hassle free journeys with more time to relax.
“Express Metro bus services will operate every 15 – 20 minutes at the peak Monday to Friday and with free parking, passengers can ride for just £2.80 a day with a smartlink card.  The site will be served by scheduled Ulsterbus services at other times.”

ENDS

 

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28/11/2014

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