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North West Hub

Representing an investment of around £27m, funding for this major project has been secured from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, administered by the Special European Union Programmes Board (SEUPB) with support from the Department for Infrastructure and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland, as well as from Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The North-West Transport Hub in Derry~Londonderry is now in operational use, following a 12-day line closure between Derry~Londonderry and Coleraine, which ended on 21st October 2019. The ambitious cross-border project has the potential to transform travel across the North-West region, encouraging a modal shift in transport habits as people seek more ‘me’ time, which public transport is well placed to provide.

Constructed to a design by John Lanyon in 1873 for use by the old Belfast and Northern Counties Railway, the building served as one of Derry~Londonderry’s main railway stations for over a century before closing in 1980.  The building has been restored and repurposed for use as a 21st Century transport facility while retaining its’ 19th Century charm and appeal, and is intended to act as a key gateway to the city and wider North-West region.

The entire project is scheduled to complete during the summer of 2020, which includes additional park and ride capacity, public realm work and a bus turning circle.

The Hub is a major scheme that will be a key portal for the North-West region, supporting business, leisure and tourism opportunities, as well as acting as a vital community space for everyone in the city. The project also protects the iconic Victorian station building and will be a catalyst for development in the wider Waterside and Duke Street area.

The facility also offers a unique and vibrant area within the building, an open space where communities and organisations can share their stories, a venue for classes and events or a space to present new ideas.  This is a major feature in a building that is a part of Derry~Londonderry’s fabric.

Key Facts
  • Regeneration of the former Grade B-Listed Waterside Train Station
  • New Track, Signalling and Telecoms work associated with the Hub
  • New Greenway link to the City Centre and Foyle Street Bus Centre via the Peace Bridge
  • Active and Sustainable Travel Centre including information point, training facilities and secure bike parking
  • Approximately 100 spaces for Park & Ride
  • Current Train Station to be demolished and the site to be redeveloped as a bus turning circle
  • New Track, Signalling and Telecoms work associated with the new Hub
  • Integrated facility for the provision of rail and cross-border bus services
What are the Benefits?
  • Improved passenger amenities, providing a station that is fit for purpose, comfortable and has capacity to facilitate future passenger growth and encourage a modal shift.
  • Enhanced community space.
  • Improved connectivity in the North-West by integrating multimodal forms of transport.
  • Encourages participation in walking and cycling linking the Hub to the City Centre and the wider Greenway network.
  • Protects the built heritage of the iconic Grade B listed Waterside Train Station.
  • Regeneration of the area around the current and former Waterside Train Stations.
  • Enhanced Park & Ride facilities
  • Civic and Community Space
Changing Places

Changing Places facilities are fully accessible toilets, designed to provide sufficient space and equipment for people who find it difficult to use the toilet independently. They must be an extra facility, in addition to the accessible toilets for independent use.  

A fully equipped Changing Places facility is available for use at the North-West Transport Hub, and staff will be very happy to assist the public with any queries they may have about its’ use.

Community Space

The North-West Transport Hub marks a major new beginning for public transport in the North-West region, as well as providing the local community with an innovative new event space.  Since opening to the public during October 2019, the restored 19th Century building has played host to a wide range of events, including Hallowe’en and Christmas festivities, choirs and other community festivities, with a diverse group of organisations including Foyle Search and Rescue, Children in Crossfire, Simon Community, Momentum Community Choir, Foyle Deaf Association and the Pink Ladies taking advantage of the space.

Community events continue on Saturdays throughout February 2020, with a craft and artisan market on-site organised by the Inner City Trust during Saturday 1stand Saturday 8th.  On Saturday 15th February, the Nerve Centre, in conjunction with the NI Science Festival, will be present with a ‘Crazy Scientists’ information stand, aimed at encouraging greater interest in science and technology!

Wednesday 5th February 4pm-6pm Blue Bell Arts DJ Skills and Music Production
Saturday 8th February 10am-4pm Inner City Trust – Crafters, Artists and Artisan Market
Tuesday 11th February 1pm-6pm NSPCC Volunteer Outreach Day
Saturday 15th February 12pm-3pm Nerve Centre/NI Science Festival ‘Crazy Scientists’ Information Stand
w/c 10th February (for 2-5 weeks) TBC Live Life – Lisa Orsi Foundation – Social Piano
TBC TBC Sustrans/Derry City and Strabane District Council Walking Group
 

The North-West Transport Hub has become an integral part of the fabric of Derry~Londonderry in the short time since opening its’ doors to the public, and Translink is delighted that the building is being utilised by the people of the city as both a major public transport facility and a gateway to Derry~Londonderry and as an important new community space.   

Local organisations seeking to book an event in the community space at the North-West Transport Hub can do so by emailing northwesthub@turley.co.uk

The facility is now in use for passengers and for NI Railways services.  However, work is ongoing to complete the second phase of work, including an improved park and ride site, enhanced public realm and a bus turning circle.  This is scheduled to complete during 2020.

The Front of the new North West Hub
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