Historic Waterside station to become city’s new transport hub

The former Waterside Railway Station project was one of the initiatives highlighted at the Chamber of Commerce event.
The former Waterside Railway Station project was one of the initiatives highlighted at the Chamber of Commerce event.

Old Waterside Station was today (Thursday) confirmed as the site of Londonderry’s new transport hub.

The Grade 2 listed building, constructed in the 1870s, was the public’s preferred location for such a development following consultation in 2013.

During a visit to the station, Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “This is an ambitious project on the Old Waterside Station which will balance preserving the historic building and also meet the transport needs‎ of the future.

“We will only attract more people to use public transport if we have the right infrastructure in place and the development of this transport hub is an important piece of the jigsaw in the north west.”

The plans include provision for a new terminus, but also amenities to promote sustainable travel options including bike parking, lockers and changing facilities and cycle hire/repair.

Infrastructure Minister, Chris Hazzard said:‎ “Over the last few years, much has been done to transform both sides of the Foyle. The new transport hub project will provide a train station that complements regeneration and transforms a historic building into one fit for use today and for generations to come.

“Investing in public transport is vital if we want to attract investment, talent and tourism. Alongside projects like the A5 and A6 and the development of City of Derry Airport, those living west of the Bann are set to see a real change in the development of the local infrastructure over the coming years.”

Translink is currently taking forward the final stages of procurement of the old station. An application for EU funding for the project was submitted at the end of August and is currently being assessed.

Welcoming the announcement, Translink Group chief executive Chris Conway said: “We are very much looking forward to building this exciting new transport hub. As an iconic building in the city, the new hub will help to encourage modal shift from car to public transport by providing integrated and convenient services to encourage more active travel for a healthier region.

“It will also act as an important gateway to the north west for visitors as well as help to regenerate the local area and make it more attractive to business and investors, helping to create local jobs and enhancing the local economy.”

Last month, SDLP Councillor Martin Reilly wrote to the Infrastructure Minister requesting an update on the campaign “to see this historical old building, with all the tourism and built heritage potential that it holds, being put to better use than currently exists”.