Belfast Grand Central Station

Construction of Belfast Grand Central Station, a world-class integrated transport hub is rapidly progressing and is set to bring economic, social and environmental wellbeing benefits for everyone in NI.

When completed it will bring further transformation of public transport enhancing local and international connectivity with bus, coach and rail links across Northern Ireland and beyond. 

There will also be enhanced walking and cycling provision encouraging more sustainable travel for a cleaner, healthier city while also helping NI reach its climate goals.

As the largest integrated transport facility on the island of Ireland, this important regeneration project will cater for around 20 million passenger journeys a year.

It will be a game changer, not only for Belfast but all of Northern Ireland stimulating growth, enhancing infrastructure and improving connectivity to support a modern, confident vision for Belfast and act as a gateway to the whole of Northern Ireland. 

Translink is working in partnership with a range of organisations to advance the transformation of transport and help encourage more sustainable travel for a better connected cleaner, healthier city while also helping NI reach its climate goals.

Enabling works began in 2020, with the main works construction programme beginning in 2022 and work is progressing at pace. The main station building has been glazed and the internal fit out has started, the bus stands and train station platforms are being constructed and the first sections of track have been laid.

The station construction is due to be completed in Q4 2024, ready for operational opening, with full project completion, including all public realm upgrades, following in Q3 2025.

With a project of this size, it is inevitable, there will be a period of transition needed as we work through the next phase of engineering works.  We will aim to keep your updated on these remaining works that will take place throughout 2024 and 2025 and the mitigations we will introduce to reduce the overall impact for the wider public, business community and surrounding communities. 

We would ask for ongoing support for these ambitious plans that will enable a better future for generations to come.

Further information on the project, including more videos and images, is available at www.weaverscross.co.uk

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Artist's impression of Grand Central Station

Key Facts

  • Designed to be fully inclusive for all, this impressive high-quality facility will offer an enhanced user experience for around 20million customer journeys every year.
  • There will be double the number of rail platforms from 4 to 8 and an increase in the number of bus stands to 26 increasing the available capacity.
  • Cross Border Enterprise services will also relocate with an enhanced timetable planned bringing passengers into the heart of the city.
  • With a clear focus on active travel, the streets adjoining BGCS will include allocation of road space to pedestrians and cyclists – with the provision of 200+ capacity for cycle parking. 
  • Outside there will be a new exciting public realm space - Saltwater Square with a strong emphasis on arts and culture which has potential to become a focal point for everyone to use and enjoy.
Artist's impression of Grand Central Station

Transition Period

Delivering a project on the scale of Belfast Grand Central Station will require a period of significant transition as essential engineering works take place throughout 2024 and 2025.

This includes utility and significant investment in public realm improvement works to enhance walking routes, accessibility and cycling.

This will involve road and lane closures, impacting traffic within the city centre, including some alterations to Translink bus services.

While works on the railway have been ongoing for the duration of the project, 2024 will see intensive periods of engineering work to realign the track to serve the new station. This will require some closures of the railway line and therefore disruption to rail passengers. Bus Substitution services will be put in place during these times.

Mitigation

Translink, in partnership with our partners, will be implementing a series of mitigation measures to help manage disruption - we will keep you updated on the timing of these over the coming weeks and months:

  • Multi-utility connections consolidated and isolated within the one area;
  • Road and lane closures carefully planned with contractors, utility companies and the Department for Infrastructure;
  • New Metro and Ulsterbus timetables;
  • Relocation of some bus stops and rerouting of services to optimise timetabling and service patterns;
  • Maximising the use of bus passenger priority measures;
  • Bus substitutions services in operation during railway closures;
  • Ongoing public awareness campaign to encourage public transport use and reduce traffic within the city.

Implementation of these mitigations will be subject to overall construction timelines

Passengers should plan their journeys using Translink website / Journey planner, follow us on social media and leave extra time for their journeys.

Information Events

Translink will be available to talk to passengers about the upcoming summer railway line closure and bus timetable changes at the following venues and dates:

Summer Rail Closure Information Events

Venue Date / Time 
Lanyon Place Station Tuesday 18th June, 7am-9am
Botanic Station Tuesday 18th June, 4pm-6pm 
Lisburn Station Wednesday 19th June, 4pm-6pm 
Lurgan Station Thursday 20th June, 7am-9am 
Portadown Station Monday 24th June, 7am-9am
Newry Station

Monday 24th June, 4pm-6pm

New Bus Timetable Information Events

Venue Date / Time 
Europa Buscentre Tuesday 25th June, 7.30-9.30am
Europa Buscentre Tuesday 25th June, 3.30-5.30pm
Europa Buscentre Wednesday 26th June, 7-9am
Europa Buscentre Wednesday 26th June, 2-4pm
Artist's impression of Grand Central Station

Timeline

Below we set out a proposed timeline of key activity and milestones for the project.

Please note, these are indicative and subject to change. Further details will be available closer to the relevant phase of works commencing and we will work closely to inform all stakeholders as part of this process.

15th April - August 2024 – Public realm improvements on Grosvenor Road. Footpath and lane closure required westbound from before Durham Street junction to junction with A12 (Westlink). Left turn on to Durham Street and A12 (Westlink) remains operational.

7th May - August 2024 – Footpath and cycle lane closure on Glengall Street and Great Victoria Street to facilitate public realm improvements.   

June - August 2024 – Great Victoria Street Crossing / footpath alignment requiring a partial footpath closure.

Friday 10th May – Great Victoria Streat Station closed permanently.

May - 2nd July 2024 - Until the summer line closure commences on Wednesday 3rd July, the rail line remains open but no longer serving Great Victoria Street Station.

Passengers are able to access the city from the new York Street Station, Lanyon Place, Botanic or City Hospital Stations and walk or cycle to their destination.

Passengers can also use scheduled Metro or Glider services. Valid rail tickets can be used on Metro and Glider Services to interchange between these stations. All other lines remain open.

Europa Bus Centre remains operational.

Wednesday 3rd July – Early Autumn 2024 - Summer railway line closure. The rail line will close between Belfast Lanyon Place and Lisburn during July and August the southern corridor will operate from Lisburn southwards to Portadown/ Newry.

Express bus substitution services will operate between Europa Buscentre (off Glengall Street / Gt Victoria Street) and Lisburn Train Stations every 10mins ( Monday to Saturday & every hour on a Sunday).

A direct express shuttle will operate between Europa Buscentre & Lanyon Place every 30 minutes at quarter past the hour and quarter to the hour.

Passengers can also walk, cycle or use scheduled Metro or Glider services to interchange between Belfast Stations (York Street, Lanyon Place, Botanic, City Hospital)

Note: Lisburn Road Train Stations will be serviced by Metro and Ulsterbus Lisburn Road scheduled bus services.

Valid rail tickets can be used on Metro/Glider Services to interchange between these stations.

All other rail lines will remain open from Belfast Lanyon Place / York Street Station to Derry~Londonderry, Larne and Bangor.

Cross Border Services will operate from Portadown with coach transfers from Belfast to Newry to connect with the Enterprise Train.

Europa Bus Centre remains operational.

July / August 2024 - New Ulsterbus and Metro timetables will be live from Monday 1st July.

Autumn 2024 – Operational Station Opening. Rail services will move into the new station and 16 bus stands will be operational.

Passengers are urged to plan ahead, check the Translink website www.translink.co.uk or journey planner before they travel as most passengers will see a change to their normal timetables.

Works Completed

February - May 2024 – Utility works. To facilitate essential connections to the new station a series of successful utility works have been completed by NI Water, BT, NIE, and Phoenix Gas. These required footpath and lane closures on Durham Street and Grosvenor Road.

30th March - 7th April 2024 – Easter line closure. On track engineering works were successfully carried out by Babcock during a 9-day closure of the railway line over the Easter period. These works were essential to continue the process of connecting up the rail lines to the new Belfast Grand Central Station.

Saturday 11th May 2024 – Great Victoria Street Station closure. This rail station has now closed with last services on Friday 10th May. A new Rail Timetable is in operation.

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