Translink has passed a milestone phase in the Belfast Transport Hub Regeneration Project with the start of demolition works in the main construction site area. John Tinnelly and Sons Ltd has been appointed to complete the demolition of large old warehouses, which signifies the first stage of enabling works aimed at clearing the site for future development. It will combine bus and rail termini with interfaces to provide car, cycle, taxi and Belfast Rapid Transit. Hub construction work is due to commence in 2018 subject to planning and funding approvals.
Translink Group Chief Executive, Chris Conway, said, ‘The popularity of public transport continues to grow and we want to offer attractive services and facilities that deliver an excellent customer journey experience. Investment in public transport infrastructure has a very positive impact on local and regional economies as evidenced in cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham. The Transport Hub will support the regeneration and development of the Belfast City Council’s Special Action Area described as the Linen Quarter. We continue to engage closely with a range of community, business and political stakeholders to consider project masterplan options. Their input will influence the operational and functional features of the Hub.’