Derry’s new rail station: public consultation this week

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Local people have been invited to have their say on plans for the city’s new Transport Hub at the Old Waterside Station.

Translink has announced that the North-West Multimodal Transport Hub public consultation events will take place on Thursday and Friday, December 15 and 16, while the deadline for feedback will be January 20, 2017.

Translink have said that the major new facility will “transform travel and heritage regeneration in the region”.

Representatives of the Hub project team will give details about the proposals at St Columb’s Park House, Limavady Road on Thursday from 12.30pm to 7.30pm.

The second public consultation event will take place at Foyle Street Bus Depot this Friday from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Public consultation feedback can also be provided in the following ways online at: www.translink.co.uk/northwesthub/.

Public information leaflet featuring consultation survey are also available from Foyle Street Bus Station, Derry’s Train Station, Coleraine Bus & Rail Centre, as well as Great Victoria Street Station and Europa Buscentre in Belfast.

Situated on the former Waterside Station site, proposals include restoration and refurbishment of the former listed railway station, new platforms, an enhanced Park & Ride, an Active and Sustainable Travel Centre, demolition of the current train station, a new bus turning circle, Greenway link to the City Centre via the Peace Bridge as well as Track, Signalling and Telecoms work.

Launching the public consultation, Translink Group Chief Executive Chris Conway said:

“The North-West Multimodal Transport Hub will be an important gateway to the North-West; it will encourage a modal shift from car to public transport and other sustainable modes by providing integrated and convenient services to encourage more active travel for a healthier region – supporting a key outcome of the draft Programme for Government.

“Other major benefits include: attractive customer amenities with the capacity to facilitate future passenger growth; improving connectivity in the North-West by integrating multimodal forms of transport; protecting the built heritage of the iconic Grade B listed Waterside Train Station; regenerating the surrounding area and enhancing Park&Ride provision.

“We want to involve local people in the development of our Hub proposals and look forward to receiving feedback from all our stakeholders including passengers, local residents, community groups and elected representatives.

“We are committed to making public transport Your First Choice for Travel in Northern Ireland and 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 providing high quality public transport services and facilities in the North West,” said Chris.

Translink is working together with the Department for Infrastructure, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Derry City & Strabane District Council, Donegal County Council and Sustrans to deliver the project.

The public consultation is open now. For more information click www.translink.co.uk/northwesthub/ and follow @Translink_NI #northwesthub.