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Revolutionising Transport with State-of-the-Art Hub Opening This Autumn

Belfast Grand Central

BELFAST GRAND CENTRAL STATION – a state-of-the-art integrated transport hub for trains, coaches and buses – will open its doors this autumn. This flagship project being delivered by Translink marks a significant step forward in Northern Ireland’s public transport system. Ten times larger than current facilities and largest on the island of Ireland it will be able to cater for up to 20 million customer journeys annually.

With a clear focus on active travel, it will be a game changer helping inspire and reimagine the city – one where more people travel on public transport, walk, wheel and cycle. The fully inclusive hub will be a major international gateway to and from the rest of the world with enhanced connectivity across Northern Ireland, cross border and local airports creating a better connected, cleaner and healthier city for everyone. Beyond transportation, this new facility will be a new destination in the heart of the city where people meet thanks to a range of popular hospitality and retail outlets.

Recognised as one of the most complex infrastructure projects in the UK this year, construction has progressed with minimal impact on passengers and the public. While some rail and road disruption during the final construction stages is anticipated, any short-term pain will provide long term gain to Belfast and the wider region. Clare Guinness, Chief Executive of Belfast Chamber of Commerce, explained: “We want to boost footfall and encourage people to visit the city centre… We do appreciate there will be short-term disruption but in the medium to long term this will be well worthwhile.”

Over the summer extensive track works are underway to connect the rail line to the new station alongside safety testing and training to get everything ready to open to passengers. A phased opening will see operational opening in autumn 2024 with public realm street works continuing through to 2025.

Enhanced bus timetables are being introduced to keep passengers moving including enhanced park and ride services and bus substitutions for the rail line closure between Belfast and Lisburn. Passengers should plan ahead using Translink’s website or Journey planner and leave some extra time for their journeys.

To see more about Belfast Grand Central Station visit:


• Double the number of rail platforms from 4 to 8 and an increase in bus stands from 16 to 26 increasing capacity and paving the way for increased service frequency across NI.

• Enhanced accessibility with changing places toilets, sensory spaces, innovative wayfinding systems, assistance dog spending area and wheelchairaccessible vehicle parking.

• Cross Border Enterprise services will relocate here with an hourly timetable planned for later this year

• Adjoining streets will give more space to pedestrians and cyclists with parking for more than 200 bikes.

• Outside will be new public realm space, Saltwater Square, with a strong emphasis on arts and culture.

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