Public Transport is crucial for the successful development of our region
In January 2017 the Department for Communities (DfC) announced the launch of a Portrush Regeneration Programme. This £17m Executive-endorsed initiative involves a major programme of capital works to help regenerate the town in the run up to and beyond the 148th Open, which is to be held at Royal Portrush Golf Club in July 2019.
The Portrush Regeneration Programme involves a number of key projects including a major public realm scheme and the redevelopment of the train station. Translink, on behalf of DfC, is leading on the redevelopment on the train station.
The Portrush Regeneration Programme will help to transform the town into a successful, high-quality resort recognised as a centre for tourism services, activities and international events on the North Coast. It is expected that the majority of work will be completed before July 2019. However, some work will continue after that to ensure there is a lasting legacy and Portrush is positioned to maximise the economic return that this regeneration investment will deliver.
The project represents an investment of approximately £5.6 million, with funding secured from the Department for Communities (DfC) worth £4.7 million and the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) worth approximately £900,000.
Work is set to be completed during spring 2019, ahead of the 148th Open Championships to be held in Portrush in July 2019. This major sporting event offers a significant opportunity to sustainably develop the economy of the town and the wider North Coast region in a way that will bring substantial benefits to the area in terms of visitor numbers, investment and spend. The new, modern, fully-accessible station will allow for further passenger growth in Portrush, with over 620,000 journeys currently being made to and from the existing station per year.
The new station will offer modern waiting facilities and improved passenger information and signage to local amenities and attractions, as well as enhanced cycle storage to encourage active and ‘greener’ transport links.
Phase 1 works at Portrush Station completed in October 2018, with the overall station project on schedule to complete in the spring of 2019.
Local stakeholders, including the Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, attended a walk-through event onsite on 16 October to mark completion of Phase 1.
Two new platforms have now been completed onsite, with the existing boundary wall facing Eglinton Street also removed. Work is progressing on the construction of the new station building, as well as canopy construction and extensions to Platform 1. Plans to replace the old boundary wall with a series of creative and welcoming images synonymous with Portrush and the wider North Coast are ongoing.
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