Translink has revealed its latest proposals for the Belfast Hub - a regeneration project based around what will become Northern Ireland's main transport interchange.
Northern Ireland’s integrated public transport provider said key changes had been made following a public consultation last Autumn, in which the overwhelming majority (88%) of almost 2,000 responses backed the concept.
The view along the rail platforms
The feedback raised a series of recurrent themes, including access for people with impaired mobility; cycling infrastructure provision; contemporary versus traditional design; traffic planning and parking provision; local history recognition; and management of the construction phase.
Translink group chief executive Chris Conway said: ‘This world-class Belfast Hub development will energise our city and become the main transport hub for Northern Ireland. It will act as a catalyst for regeneration, connecting and inspiring more people to live and work here.
‘This is an innovative and ambitious project that will provide a gateway to Belfast for commuters and tourists; a main bus and train connection point for all parts of Northern Ireland and the main rail link to Dublin, including direct connections to all major airports in Belfast and Dublin.
‘This site currently sees over 8 million annual visitors; however our projections show that by 2030 this will increase to over 13 million, recognising the modal shift to more active forms of travel such as cycling, walking and public transport as a way of cutting down congestion, creating a healthier more environmentally-minded city that has already begun to happen.'
A further stage of public engagement, including workshops and displays and an online survey will run until 10 March.