New Passenger Facilities Opened at North-West Transport Hub
21 October 2019
New enhanced passenger facilities and platforms opened today (Monday 21st October) at the new North-West Transport Hub in Derry~Londonderry
The new facility, planned and delivered by Translink, is a £27m investment, with funding received from the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). Additional funding has been provided by the Department for Infrastructure and the Department for Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Republic of Ireland, as well as support from Derry City and Strabane District Council.
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.
The next phase of works, including the park and ride site, enhanced public realm and bus turning circle, will complete during the summer of 2020, which will mark the completion of the project.
The North-West Transport Hub will allow for improved co-ordination between rail and local and cross-border bus services, as well as a Greenway link to the city centre and Foyle Street Bus Centre via the iconic Peace Bridge.
The North-West Transport Hub also provides a unique and vibrant area within the building, an open space where communities and organisations can share their stories, a venue for classes and events, or present new ideas, in a building that will be part of the fabric of Derry~Londonderry, as well as its’ wider celebrations and heritage. The building is set to become one of the city’s best known venues in the weeks and months ahead.
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said: ‘‘This important project has taken a key piece of the North-West’s architectural heritage and restored it to a modern transport facility, an appropriate gateway to the vibrant city of Derry~Londonderry and the wider North-West region, and I am very proud that the project has reached this milestone.
‘‘The project will complete next year, but the operational opening of the station and the track and signalling works will be complete ahead of Hallowe’en, when Derry~Londonderry comes alive with colour. We’re linking up with Derry City and Strabane District Council’s exciting programme of seasonal activity and I want to encourage as many people as possible to travel to and from the city during this period via public transport and experience the Transport Hub for themselves.
‘‘I would like to thank our funders for their support and essential funding needed to deliver this project, and to acknowledge the work of the Translink project team and construction partners Farrans/Rhomberg Sersa JV and Babcock for their work to bring the vision to reality. I would also like to thank the community and commuters of the North-West for their support and patience as we work to deliver on our commitment to them.’’
John McGrath, Deputy Secretary, Department for Infrastructure, said: “The Department for Infrastructure is committed to increasing the use of public transport and encouraging people to consider active travel options in line with Programme for Government ambitions. To do that successfully we need to invest in the right infrastructure and facilities - the North West Transport Hub is an example of that.
“By linking in the historic Waterside Station with the City’s greenway network and connecting local communities, the station will further enhance the passenger experience and place rail at the heart of Derry-Londonderry’s transport network. The operational opening of the station today is a significant milestone in the delivery of this exciting project. The completion of the Hub next year will offer further opportunities to drive continued growth in passenger numbers on the Derry~Londonderry line and exploit the tourism potential of rail in the North-West.”
The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD, said: ‘‘I’m pleased that the Irish Government has been able to contribute toward the transformation of this historic building into a new multi-modal transport hub for the North-West Region. Project Ireland 2040 recognises the development of the North-West city region is essential to achieving the potential of the North-West and maximising its’ contribution towards the regional and all-island economy. The work already completed, and the works planned to be completed next year, will ensure this building acts as a hub for cross-border connectivity in the years to come and will be a fantastic addition to the region’s infrastructure.’’
Gina McIntyre, Chief Executive of SEUPB, said: “To protect the world we all share, we must find ways to reduce carbon emissions. This project will help to do this by providing facilities which will encourage more people to choose sustainable modes of transport. The creation of enhanced passenger facilities as well as a new park and ride facility, to be completed next year, will encourage people, on both sides of the border, to reduce their car use and think about more environmentally-friendly ways to travel; one of the key objectives of the European Union’s INTERREG VA Programme.”
The Mayor of Derry and Strabane, Councillor Michaela Boyle, said: ‘‘The North-West Transport Hub is a key catalyst project for the North-West region that provides a gateway to and from the region. It is a key objective of the region’s Strategic Inclusive Growth Plan to encourage a modal shift to promote more active and sustainable travel options for a healthier lifestyle across the region. The Hub will also act as a catalyst for development in the Waterside area of the city and is an excellent example of a successful partnership approach to supporting business, leisure and tourism across the city and district.’’