Station provides ‘unique opportunity’

The former Waterside Railway Station. 2001JM65
The former Waterside Railway Station. 2001JM65

Rail Minister Danny Kennedy says his vision for the new re-furbished Waterside station is to deliver ‘an innovative active travel and public transport hub.’

“The aim of the project would be to provide facilities for cyclists including parking, changing and maintenance within a refurbished station,” said the Minister.

“In addition the station would be linked directly to the Peace Bridge and existing greenways,” he added.

Mr Kennedy said opportunities will also be explored to extend walking and cycling infrastructure in the city, including between the university, Ebrington and the border.

“I believe we have a unique opportunity to deliver an innovative and inspirational project which reflects the ambitions the City has set for itself in the One Plan,” he stated.

Meanwhile, the Minister also confirmed the cost of the Bellarena passing loop will be known in a few months’ time.

“Translink have advised that the costs involved in the passing loop project include design, construction and civil and Permanent Way works, as well as signalling systems,” he said.

He was responding to Questions from Colum Eastwood and Gregory Campbell.