Double award success for North West Transport Hub
03 December 2021
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, has sent his congratulations to Translink after the North West Transport Hub claimed two prestigious awards this week.
The Hub, which was completed last year at a cost of £27 million, has won a European Commission Award for Best Cohesian Project and the Best Overall Entry award at the National Railway Heritage Awards in London.
The EC RegioStar Award was in the category of 'Enhancing green mobility in the regions - European Year of Rail 2021'
Judges praised the project for providing an increased rail capacity, a strong balance of services for cycling, public transport and active travel users and an encouraging modal shift from car to public transport.
The National Railway Heritage Awards are intended to encourage and reward best practice in the restoration and continued upkeep of the rich heritage of railway and tramway buildings and structures across the UK and Ireland.
The category of Best Overall Entry is awarded by the judges to recognise the pinnacle of railway preservation projects.
Mayor Warke said the rewards were just recognition for the positive impact the facility has had on local people's lives.
"The North West Transport Hub has been a significant addition to city life since it opened last year, taking a key piece of the North West's architectural heritage and restoring it to a modern transport facility and an appropriate gateway to the North West region," he said.
"Congratulations to Translink and everyone involved in the delivery of this project on these two international level awards which really puts the facility on the map.
"I believe it will continue to play a key role in offering viable and accessible alternatives to driving and encouraging active travel through our greenway network."
The North-West Transport Hub is located at the former Waterside Train Station, a Grade B-listed building which served as one of the city's main stations for a century before closing in 1980.
The building has been restored and repurposed for use as a 21st Century transport facility, and is intended to act as a gateway to the North-West region, as well as promoting active and sustainable travel, bringing together a wide range of transport modes and providing enhanced customer and staff facilities.