Mon 23rd Aug 2021
Belfast Transport Hub Viewpoint Visit
Translink is providing an opportunity for NI Chamber members to attend a Belfast Transport Hub viewpoint visit.
This visit will provide attendees with up-to-date information and a progress update on this significant project, a transport-led regeneration project sitting at the heart of an exciting new city neighbourhood, known as Weavers Cross.
The visit will take place on Friday 24 September at 11:30am. If you would like to join this visit please email Graeme.email@example.com on or before Wednesday 22 September.
The Belfast Transport Hub is a multi-million-pound investment by Translink and the Department for Infrastructure – it will sit at the heart of the new Weavers Cross city neighbourhood in the Sandy Row/Durham Street area of the city on an eight hectare site and will be home to a modern high capacity transport hub (developed on the site of the existing Europa Bus Centre and Great Victoria Street Train Station), along with impressive mixed-use development proposals.
This flagship project is an Northern Ireland Executive Flagship Project and has been developed in the context of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) Regional Development Strategy 2035 and the Programme for Government, as well as Belfast City Council’s Belfast Agenda.
There is recognition that public transport has a key role to play in developing competitive cities and regions and is important for a successful economy, promoting social inclusion, health, education and improving the environment. This has taken on even greater importance in the current context of economic recovery.
The broader Weavers Cross development will be a transport-led regeneration project; with the Belfast Transport Hub at the heart of this, the project will be a catalyst for the regeneration of this area of Belfast as well as an important gateway to Belfast as a modern, confident and progressive city, stimulating economic opportunities for the city and Northern Ireland as a whole.
Prior to the pandemic, almost 85m passenger journeys were made via public transport, the highest figure in 20 years and we recover from the pandemic, there is an opportunity to build upon and exceed those numbers. It is clear that we need to start accelerating actions now for a ‘green’ recovery, centred on the drive to net zero and Translink is investing in wide range of measures, including the Belfast Transport Hub, to make public transport first choice for travel, today and for tomorrow and to help combat pollution and climate change as we work towards delivering a low carbon economy.
Site preparation works are nearing completion ahead of an anticipated start on main works in early 2022, with the Hub entering operational service in late 2024. When complete, the facility will offer 8 railway platforms and 26 bus stands, greatly expanding transport capacity, and will accommodate upwards of 20 million passenger journeys per year, as well as significant active travel attractors. The Belfast-Dublin Enterprise service will relocate to the Hub and rail, bus and coach connections will be offered to all parts of Northern Ireland and beyond.
Designed to be fully inclusive for all, this facility, unique in Northern Ireland, will act as a catalyst for regeneration in the area and provide Translink with the right infrastructure to encourage a much-needed modal shift away from the private car and towards bus and rail travel.
The location is highly central within Belfast, convenient to the business district, the two universities and other educational establishments, as well as our main hospitals and other public transport connections.
The project will create over 400 new jobs, with commitments to ‘Buy Social’ and the development of a Construction Academy.
The project sits alongside similar projects in the UK and Europe which suggest that transport development is a major catalyst for wider regeneration, with a positive impact in terms of city transformation. Stations are more than transport facilities – they are increasingly seen as destinations for shopping, working, employment, education, living and socialising, and as well as working for bus and rail passengers, these major projects unlock development potential of property around the stations, leading to increased investment and employment opportunities.
As Northern Ireland locks in its’ recovery from COVID-19, the role that public transport can play is immense – the Belfast Transport Hub represents a major vote of confidence, not only in Belfast and the wider region, but in green, sustainable public transport that will encourage more and more people to make the switch and look to bus, rail and coach travel in the years ahead.
More information on the project can be found online at www.weaverscross.co.uk