20th March 2019
It's a case of 'all systems go' in Derry as construction work continues to progress on the new Transport Hub which will serve as a gateway to Northern Irelandís North-West.
The project involves the restoration and refurbishment of the listed station at Waterside in Derry.
Approximately £27m of funding has been secured from the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme, with support from the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.
'Catalyst for Development'
Northern Ireland’s public transport body, Translink, has appointed Farrans to construct the Transport Hub, working in Joint Venture partnership with railway engineers, Rhomberg Sersa.
Translink representatives have described the scheme as one which will protect the Victorian station building and serve as a “catalyst for development in the wider Waterside and Duke Street area”, supporting business, leisure and tourism opportunities in the wider area.
The JV project includes the construction of new platforms, a new 100-space Park & Ride and the demolition of the current train station, with the site being redeveloped to facilitate more practical communal use.
Once completed, the Transportation Hub will include a community space, and will open up a significant swathe of new space along the banks of the River Foyle.
Other station features will include a new bus-turning circle and a greenway link to City Centre via the Peace Bridge, as well as track, signalling and telecoms works.
There will also be an Active & Sustainable Travel Centre including an information point, training facilities and secure bike parking.
The North West Multi-Modal Transport Hub is due to be completed in late 2020.