Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard has welcomed a key milestone in the development of the North-West Integrated Transport Hub.
The Old Waterside Station was identified as the preferred site for the Hub last year following a public consultation. The purchase of the building for the development has now been completed by Translink.
Minister Hazzard said:
“Investing in public transport is vital if we want to grow the economy, attract tourism, support local communities and reduce congestion on our roads. In October I announced the old Waterside Train Station as the preferred location for the integrated North-West Transport Hub. There is widespread support across Derry that the site of a new rail station should be at this historic and environmentally significant site.
“I have previously outlined my commitment to reducing the infrastructure deficit in the west. The upgrade of the Coleraine to Derry railway line is substantially completed and today’s announcement is another welcome boost for public transport in the area.”
The Minister continued:
“This is an important milestone for this ambitious project which will consist of new train terminus accommodation, an enhanced park and ride scheme with approximately 100 spaces and additional facilities to promote sustainable and active travel options in the region. It can be seen as part of wider plans to improve public transport in the City.
“The project is currently being progressed to detailed design and planning application. My Department will continue to work closely with Translink, Derry City and Strabane Council and other key stakeholders.”
Translink Group Chief Executive, Chris Conway said: “This is an exciting development in our plans to deliver the new Multi Modal Transport Hub for the North West. We launched public consultation on the design proposals last year and have already received a very positive response to this from a range of stakeholders. The closing date is next Friday (20 January) so there is still time for people to give us their feedback on these at: Translink - North West Hub.
“We are committed to making public transport Your First Choice for Travel in Northern Ireland. This major project along with our recent progress on the Derry/Londonderry Railway Line upgrade and continued investment in new bus and coach fleet demonstrate our ongoing commitment to transforming local public transport infrastructure to attract more people to use better active travel modes.”
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