25 June 2019
With The 148th Open in Portrush less than one month away, the town’s new £5.6m train station has been completed and showcased to the community.
The new train station on Eglinton Street, planned and delivered by Translink, with the Department for Communities (DfC) providing funding of £4.6m and the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) providing over £900,000 to make the station a reality. The station forms part of a wider £17m Portrush Regeneration Programme, led by the Department for Communities, which is intended to showcase Portrush at its’ very best this summer and beyond.
The state of the art facility was finished ahead of schedule, in what was a very challenging timescale, and has transformed the town centre, creating a strong sense of arrival and ‘place’ to one of Northern Ireland’s top resorts. The evocative gateway images facing Eglinton Street capture the essence of the town, featuring events and scenes synonymous with Portrush, including the seaside, the North-West 200 and of course, golf!
The station is already a landmark in the town, acting as a gateway to Portrush and the wider Causeway Coast.
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said: “This is an exciting time for Portrush; this newly redeveloped train station with its’ modern contemporary feel will help to rejuvenate the area and be an important gateway to the North Coast. As we get ready to welcome thousands of visitors to the town this summer for The 148th Open, the new station will form a key part of our travel plans to get golf fans to this high profile event.
‘‘Fully accessible, including a changing places facility, the station offers modern waiting facilities, improved passenger information and signage to local amenities and attractions, as well as enhanced cycle storage to encourage active travel and ‘greener’ tourism links, boosting the overall customer experience and helping us attract more people in order to make public transport ‘your first choice for travel.’
‘‘I would like to thank DfC and DfI for their support and for the essential funding needed to deliver this project and to acknowledge the work of the project team for their work to deliver this project on time and on budget.
‘‘I also want to thank everybody, including local primary schools and community bodies, who have contributed to our time capsule, which we’re burying on-site at the station – the importance of this year’s historic events in Portrush will certainly be apparent to the citizens of 2069, when the time capsule is unearthed.’’
With over 620,000 journeys already being made annually to and from Portrush Train Station, the new station is future-proofed to allow ongoing growth in passenger numbers. Tens of thousands of passengers are expected to use the station this summer, as regular visitors are joined by golf fans flocking to the town for The 148th Open.
To find out more about Translink’s transport plans for The 148th Open, including online booking options, please visit www.translink.co.uk/the148thopen
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