Planning permission for new Railway Station is a key step in the Multi Modal Transport HUB project
12 April 2018
Members of Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Planning Committee today approved full planning permission for the refurbishment and re-use the existing Grade B1 listed former Waterside Railway Station.
The new station will also include accommodation including an active travel centre, passenger facilities, a café, retail space and staff facilities with office accommodation and other let-able space on the first floor. Associated infrastructure works that will include changes to track and signalling, new station platforms and canopies as well as an enhanced Park and Ride car park. The development also includes a public realm scheme with landscaping and street furniture and a new Greenway which will link into the riverside walk at Ebrington.
Welcoming the decision the Mayor, Cllr Maoliosa McHugh said the refurbishment of the Station was part of a wider project, the North West Multimodal Transport Hub scheme that aims to integrate transport facilities across the North West region, provide opportunity for active travel and modal shift and to contribute to the physical regeneration of the Waterside area of the city.
He said: “Council has been working very closely with a range of partners including the lead partner Department for Infrastructure, Translink and Donegal County Council to develop a wider multi modal transport HUB for the region that includes the re-development of the railway station in the Waterside, the development of a greenway from the HUB directly to the peace bridge, as well as improved integration of cross border public transport services.
Chair of the Planning Committee, Cllr Dan Kelly said: “Not only is this project good news for the Waterside area of the city, it offers the opportunity moving forward to consider improved connectivity with Duke Street and Spencer Road, and to improve the quality of the public realm in the areas adjacent to the HUB. Council officers are currently working with colleagues in the Department of Communities and the Department for Infrastructure in order to explore these opportunities. This is a major investment for the city and wider region, allowing us to improve sustainable transport and connectivity the opportunity to secure additional investment and to promote regeneration in our city and district.
“The Council recognises that there are some stakeholders that have some concerns about some aspects of the design of the station element of the project, and acknowledge these concerns. Council strongly believes that the redevelopment and reuse of the Waterside Railway station is a very positive step forward and will be hugely significant In regenerating this area of the City. The Strategic Growth Plan for the area sets out the region’s commitment to improving connectivity and enhancing our transport infrastructure to encourage active travel and a modal shift from car to public transport and other sustainable modes of transport by providing integrated and convenient services to encourage more active travel for a healthier region. The HUB project will contribute to achieving this aspiration.”