SSE Arena Vaccination Centre
Free shuttles from Europa Buscentre station
Translink, Department for Infrastructure and South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are encouraging people to use public transport to travel to and from the COVID-19 vaccination centre at the SSE Arena Belfast.
With thousands of people expected to travel to the SSE Arena Belfast over the coming weeks, rising to a potential eighty thousand people a week as the vaccine programme rolls out, it is important there is good traffic management to ensure everyone gets to their appointment on time. Only limited parking will be available at the vaccination centre.
There are a number of Public Transport options to the SSE Arena Belfast COVID-19 vaccination centre:
- Europa Buscentre free shuttles – every 15 minutes from 07.45 - 20.15
- Northside P&R to SSE Arena – free shuttles every 10 minutes from 07.40 – 20.20
- G2 Glider services to operate every 15-minutes from the city centre.
- Train to Titanic Quarter station, a short walk from the SSE Arena.
- Car parks within the City Centre can be used for park and walk or to use the free shuttle service from Europa Buscentre.
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon said:
“I am pleased to be playing my part in assisting the smooth running of the vaccination programme. The SSE Arena will be one of the busiest vaccination centres with the capacity to vaccinate up to 40,000 people per week. This part of the city will see increased level of traffic in an area where there is limited parking.
“My officials along with Translink, the PSNI and the South Eastern Trust are implementing a traffic management plan to ensure the free flow of traffic to facilitate an effective and efficient distribution of the vaccine to those who have booked appointments.
“I would ask those travelling to the SSE for vaccines to use the free bus service to get to the centre. I would also remind people travelling on public transport that face coverings must be worn by all passengers and social distancing practices observed.”
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive said:
“Public transport is going to play a key role in helping people get to this vaccination centre. We know some people may be apprehensive having not travelled in a while, so we want to reassure them that safety as always, is a top priority for us.
“We will be monitoring passenger numbers and ensure we have enough capacity that people will be able to socially distance on board. In addition, we have rigorous cleaning regimes in place, protective screens on vehicles and in-stations, PPE for staff, sanitiser dispensers, social distancing signage and more safety announcements than ever, helping ensure we give passengers the confidence to use public transport again.
“We would like to thank the public for their support throughout this pandemic and look forward to welcoming people back on board. We would remind everyone they need to wear a face covering (unless exempt), practice good hand hygiene, socially distance and use contactless payments to minimise interaction. Together, we can keep everyone safe as we come through this next phase and look towards brighter days”.
Roisin Coulter, Director of the vaccine programme in South Eastern Trust, has urged people to plan ahead for their journey and ensure they reach their appointment on time. “Parking is limited at the SSE Arena Belfast and we are expecting to deliver vaccines to large numbers of people at this centre.”
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