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Green light for Derry transport hub project at listed former rail station

Words: Roger Milne
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Derry City & Strabane District Council has approved full planning permission for the refurbishment and reuse of the city’s existing grade B1 listed former Waterside railway station as a new major public transport hub.

The station is Northern Ireland's only remaining Victorian-era railway station.

The project from transport agency Translink involves a new station, 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 that will link into the riverside walk at Ebrington.

The £27 million scheme faced considerable opposition from campaigners who claimed the redevelopment did not make best use of the old station.

Planning committee chair Dan Kelly said: “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.

“The 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.”

Translink's head of projects, John Glass, said: “This is a huge opportunity for the North-West region and represents a major investment in the city.

"It will transform travel and enhance connectivity between train, bus, and other sustainable transport modes. The hourly train service on the Derry/Londonderry line has already been a big success and we want a new facility that enables further growth for up to 650,000 passengers across the North-West region.”

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