Belfast Telegraph

Friday 22 August 2014

Low-carbon transport hub opens

Northern Ireland's first sustainable low-carbon bus and train station has been opened
Funding from the European Union went towards creating Northern Ireland's first sustainable low-carbon bus and train station

Northern Ireland's first sustainable low-carbon bus and train station has been opened.

A natural insulated "green" roof, solar panels, geothermal heating system, water recycling and bricks designed for bird nesting are among features of the £3 million Antrim transport hub, operator Translink said.

Chairman John Trethowan said: "It is a very effective mix of old and new. We have restored the original station's Grade 2 B architecture and facade, incorporating it with environmentally-sound technologies and major eco-refurbishments.

"Around half a million people now use our facilities in Antrim annually and we believe this integrated bus and rail centre, along with recent investment in our rail services and Goldline coach services, will further boost local passenger numbers."

The project was funded by the Department for Regional Development and the European Union.

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