Northern Ireland public transport operator Translink has announced plans to carry-out a remote and digital consultation for the redevelopment of Yorkgate Train Station.
The project aims to deliver a high-quality sustainable transport hub to replace the current station, providing enhanced connections to the new Ulster University campus.
Launching the public consultation, Minister for Infrastructure Nichola Mallon said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the public consultation as an early step in the redevelopment of Yorkgate Train Station. This project represents a further milestone in improving our public transport offering and making public transport a more attractive offering.
“Whilst the redevelopment of the station will help our construction industry kick start after the COVID-19 outbreak, it represents a real signal to the people of North Belfast that we will invest in improving their connections.
“To ensure that this project has the maximum impact, I want to take this opportunity to encourage the local community to respond to this consultation to help shape our new station and help maximise the impact we seek to make.”
Translink Group chief executive Chris Conway added: “We are pleased to be taking these important redevelopment plans forward.
“Passengers will enjoy an enhanced travel experience with modern new facilities and improvements to accessibility with better links to walking and cycling. These will be key to creating a sustainable transport network as part of a ‘green’ economic recovery as we emerge from this crisis.
“It will also help revitalise the local economy by supporting both the manufacturing and construction industry as we rebuild and recover.
“As a regeneration project, we look forward to helping transform this part of the city by contributing to other ongoing regeneration initiatives including the good work underway in Sailortown and the emerging City Quays and Ulster University developments.
“We would encourage everyone to have their say and, in light of the current Covid-19 social distancing restrictions, we have developed a range of digital-led platforms to make it safe and easy for everyone to give feedback on the project.”