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Application lodged for major Belfast public transport project

Words: Roger Milne
Europa Bus Centre / Dean Molyneaux

Public transport agency Translink has submitted a planning application for its £175 million Belfast Transport Hub, a key element of the new eight-hectare city-centre Weavers Cross development.

The proposed hub involves the redevelopment of the Europa Bus Centre, Great Victoria Street Railway Station and surrounding Translink land at Grosvenor Road.

The agency plans to develop an integrated transport interchange comprising a station concourse, 26 bus stands, eight railway platforms, bus maintenance and parking, car parking and a new public square.

The hub is one of the flagship projects in the administration’s Programme for Government. As the main gateway for Belfast with rail and bus connections to all parts of Northern Ireland and beyond, it will be the main rail and coach link to Dublin with direct connections to major airports.

The new Hub is also part of a so-called Special Action Area in the city centre regeneration and investment strategy and supports the administration’s urban villages regeneration initiative.

However, residents in Sandy Row have raised concerns about the impact of the scheme on the historic Boyne Bridge.

Image credit | Dean Molyneaux