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  • Michelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)

Translink confirms park-and-ride facilities to be upgraded in Ballymena


Translink has confirmed plans to extend park-and-ride facilities in Ballymena with 392 spaces proposed at Galgorm Road.


A planning application has been lodged with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for the development at the bus depot north of Beechfield Close.


The proposal also includes cycle spaces with lighting, CCTV and landscaping. Improvements to the junction at Galgorm Road have also been proposed.


A spokesperson for Translink said:


“This extension to our Park and Ride facility at Ballymena Bus and Rail Centre will provide more than 400 additional spaces.


“The project will include accessible parking and cycle parking, with access on Galgorm Road. The existing Park and Ride will be unaffected by the works.


“We anticipate the project being completed in the first quarter of 2024, subject to planning approval.”


Previously, Translink indicated that plans for an integrated bus and railway station were being progessed and a design process was in place for a new-look bus station at Galgorm Road with funding being sought for renovations.


Last February, Translink reported that the company had acquired lands adjacent to the station and was developing “detailed design plans” for the expansion of park-and-ride facilities at this location.


The transport operator said at the time that discussions have been held with the local council and Transport NI “in the course of agreeing safe traffic arrangements for the project”.