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Kennedy opens new Bus and Railway Centre in Antrim

Stormont Executive press release - Department for Regional Development

Regional Development Minister Danny Kennedy has opened the new Integrated Bus and Railway Centre in Antrim.

The project was funded by the Department for Regional Development with support from the EU Interreg IVB North West Europe Programme (NWE). The project has been delivered through a partnership application referred to as SusStation.

Danny Kennedy said: "The recently completed work on the main station, will provide superb new facilities for passengers and can be seen as the first environmentally sustainable, low carbon station, in Northern Ireland.”

The upgrade to the station building, which includes extended Park & Ride facilities, provides a total of 180 car parking spaces for commuters using the Antrim station. This extension is part of a wider £2.9million investment to deliver Translink’s integrated rail and bus facility.

The Minister acknowledged the success of the recent investment in public transport. He said: “This project once again demonstrates my Department’s determination to invest in public transport and make it even more attractive for people in Northern Ireland.

“Passenger journeys last year and in recent months have once again shown that more and more people are choosing to use public transport.”

On the railways an additional 723,000 passenger journeys were recorded last year, an increase of 6.7%.

In conclusion the Minister said: “I want to thank the European Union, through its INTERREG IVB programme, for the continued support in investing in Northern Ireland’s public transport infrastructure. I also want to thank the SusStation Project for inviting Translink to be part of its programme.”

Notes to editors:

1. The new station will have the following facilities:

· An integrated bus/rail ticket office
· Additional park and ride facility providing 180 spaces,
· Enclosed modern accessible waiting area,
· New public toilets, new parent room,
· Commercial/retail space,
· New staff facilities
· A new traffic management system and improved pedestrian access
· Roof mounted solar panels,
· Natural ventilation system,
· A naturally insulated green roof,
· Grey water harvesting system.

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