A £100M contract is up for tender for works on a major Belfast transport project.
The three year Belfast Transport Hub Development Project contract includes remediation and site clearance, utilities connections, construction of new permanent way, a new hub building and bus wash, fuel and maintenance facilities.
It also involves improvement works to junctions and carriageways, busway and hub access roads, busway bridge over permanent way, retaining boundary walls and ramps at existing roadways, bus and car parking facilities and associated lighting as well as soft landscaping and public realm works to form a new square.
Plans revealed by Northern Irelands’ transport provider Translink in March last year said the hub aims to make public transport the most attractive mode of travel, and to create better bus and rail links between Belfast and the rest of the country, Dublin, and major airports.
Announcing a public consultation into the proposals last spring Translink Group chief executive Chris Conway said: “This world-class Belfast Hub development will energise our city and become the main transport hub for Northern Ireland. It will act as a catalyst for regeneration, connecting and inspiring more people to live and work here.
“This is an innovative and ambitious project that will provide a gateway to Belfast for commuters and tourists; a main bus and train connection point for all parts of Northern Ireland and the main rail link to Dublin, including direct connections to all major airports in Belfast and Dublin.
“This site currently sees over 8million annual visitors, however our projections show that by 2030 this will increase to over 13M recognising the modal shift to more active forms of travel such as cycling, walking and public transport as a way of cutting down congestion, creating a healthier more environmentally-minded City that has already begun to happen.”
A new neighbourhood named Weavers Cross is planned around the hub development, which will have 100,000m² of commercial and residential space. It is set to be completed in 2022.