Video: Neighbourhood surrounding new Belfast transport hub to be called Weavers Cross
DRAWING inspiration from Belfast's industrial heritage, the neighbourhood surrounding the city's new transport hub is to be called Weavers Cross.
Details of the the £175 million Belfast Hub, which will serve as a main bus and train connection for all parts of Northern Ireland and the main rail link to Dublin, were announced last month.
Translink has revealed the name of the surrounding neighbourhood which would offer a commercial, residential and amenity space.
The name draws inspiration from the area's industrial heritage and geography, which was one of Belfast’s linen industry centres and a key crossing over the Blackstaff River.
The company said a key theme of the project is "regeneration through reconnection" and Weavers Cross "represents a new city neighbourhood that brings life to the area’s past, regenerates its present and reimagines its future to benefit the whole community".
The transport hub will be located on the existing Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Train Station with construction due to begin in 2019.
Chris Conway from Translink said: "Weavers Cross is a massive city centre development project and will be the main gateway for Belfast with rail and bus connections to all parts of Northern Ireland; it is the main rail and coach link to Dublin with direct connections to major airports.
"It will play a pivotal role in making public transport your first choice for travel in Northern Ireland, connecting people and opportunities. Such transport connections are essential for economic growth and social cohesion.
"Belfast is already attracting multi-national investors and Weavers Cross will enable the city to attract more developers with an attractive and unique investment opportunity."