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Enabling works set set to start for York Street Station Redevelopment

Translink are excited to announce that York Street Station Redevelopment will commence enabling works this month.

The new station represents a major capital investment by the Department for Infrastructure at the heart of North Belfast. The station has been designed to be fully inclusive for all, will be a catalyst for further investment in the area and encourage modal shift towards public transport.

Following a comprehensive community consultation process, Translink submitted plans to redevelop Yorkgate Station and in May 2020, Belfast City Council granted planning approval.

Following the completion of the project the new station will be renamed York Street Station – this will better reflect the location of the station in the centre of the vibrant North Belfast area.

Key Benefits

The redevelopment will include:

• A new train station building with fully accessible high-quality customer and staff facilities

• New public facilities including retail space, toilets, waiting areas and a Changing Places facility

• Cycle parking and connections to existing cycle infrastructure, with consideration to any potential future cycle infrastructure developments in the area.

• A new passenger footbridge between platforms

• Increased platform width to both passenger platforms to aid passenger congestion at peak times

• New canopies to platforms with increased cover to passenger waiting areas

• New high-quality public realm space creating an ambient and attractive public space

Landscaping Plans

In the planning application Translink included plans how the removal of some trees and vegetation will be required facilitate construction of the new station.

Translink will be developing a new high quality landscape plan for the new station, which will include replanting of new trees, hedges, and shrubbery.

The photo below provides a high-level aerial view of this.

Impact of Works

The vision for the York Street Station is to create a modern, accessible and welcoming passenger facility.  We are now beginning works to deliver this redevelopment and you may notice some temporary changes over the coming months.

GRAHAM construction will be carrying out the works on behalf of Translink and you may notice members of their team on-site.

GRAHAM will be starting the enabling works in early November, with compound establishment and mobilisation. Some initial works will be taking place to facilitate the permanent works which include development of a new relocated bus and passenger drop-off area, site hoarding erection and a new step-free DDA compliant ramp will be formed to access the station for the duration of the works.  

Throughout construction the current station will remain in use, with temporary diversions in place for pedestrians accessing and exiting the station. 

Most of the works will take place between Monday to Friday from 7am to 7pm & Saturday 8am – 1pm.  Should any essential activities be necessary outside of these times, GRAHAM will keep the local community updated in advance as the works progress.

Translink wish to reassure neighbours that they have planned measures to minimise any disturbance as much as possible throughout the work and thank you for your patience and understanding as this essential project is delivered.

Work is anticipated to be live on site until autumn 2024. The new station will be opened to the public ahead of project completion and advance notice will be provided for any alterations to services.

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