EU finances transport hub in Northern Ireland to boost cross-border travel

Londonderry railway station. Credit: Milepost98/Shutterstock.
Londonderry railway station. Credit: Milepost98/Shutterstock.

Waterside railway station in Londonderry is to be transformed thanks to funding from the European Union (EU).

An award of €23.5 million will be supplemented by €8.7 million from the Northern Ireland Executive to create an “iconic new multi-modal transport hub” for the north west.

It is hoped the new station – which will include a refurbished train terminus, bus stands, a park and ride facility and retail shops – will boost the number of people using public transport for cross-border travel.

Part of the plan is to develop bus and rail services between Derry and Ballybofey, Carndonagh, Greencastle and Letterkenny, as well as private services between Derry and Cockhill, Greencastle, Moville and Galway.

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The hub will also support cross-border travel through the provision of bicycle parking, bicycle hire and repair services, lockers and changing facilities for cyclists.

Department for Infrastructure permanent secretary Peter May said: “The project builds upon the recently completed Derry/Londonderry to Coleraine rail improvement project – a €57m/£48m investment which also attracted EU funding and has allowed for the introduction of an hourly train service between Belfast and Derry.

“The transformation of a historic building into one fit for use today and for generations to come also complements the wider regeneration plans in the city.”