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New Belfast Transport Hub given green light

The proposed new Belfast Transport Hub on the site of the current Europa Bus Centre/Great Victoria Street site. Picture by Translink

A NEW £208m Belfast Transport Hub has been given the planning go ahead by Stormont.

The Department for Infrastructure has issued its notice of opinion for the scheme, which will replace the Europa Bus Centre and Great Victoria Street train station complex, and said it should be given the green light.

The hub will include a public area concourse, 26 bus stands, eight railway platforms along with a new public square. Belfast's manufacturing heritage will be reflected in the construction.

It is expected to take around five years to complete.

Chris Conway from, Translink said: "It is hugely important as the main transport gateway, with rail, coach and bus connections to all parts of Northern Ireland and beyond.

"It will provide over 400 direct jobs during construction as well as additional longer term investment and job opportunities."

Meanwhile, a new transport hub was officially opened in west Belfast yesterday.

The Colin Connect Transport Hub and Colin Town Square project forms a vital part of the Belfast Rapid Transit system (BRT).

The project represents an investment by the Urban Villages Initiative of £1,750.000 in the transport hub and community space as well and also received funding of almost £1million from the Department for Infrastructure.

It is designed to improve good relations outcomes and to help develop thriving places where there has previously been a history of deprivation and community tension.

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