The tendering process for the stalled £175M Belfast Transport Hub has finally restarted.
Northern Ireland transport body Translink has broadcast a Corrigendum Notice for the rail and bus interchange, following delays stretching back to 2017. The notice sets outs Translink’s intention of offering bidders for the enabling works, an opportunity to review and, if necessary, update a limited number of aspects of their original tender submission.
Only previously shortlisted bidders are being given the opportunity to review, with Translink not seeking new bids.
The contract to build the Belfast Transport Hub, located in Great Victoria Street, was expected to begin in November 2017, with enabling works scheduled to start in early 2018. Completion was scheduled for 2021.
The main reason behind the delay was a problem obtaining planning permission.
The work listed on the tender documents include demolition of several existing structures, site remediation and site clearance, as well as the demolition and replacement of a railway bridge.
Several utility services which currently run through the adjacent footpath and bridge deck of the Boyne Bridge will also have to be diverted by the tenderer.
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.
Speaking about the project in 2017, Translink Group chief executive Chris Conway said: “It [the new development] 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.
“A key theme of this 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 contract and works are expected to run for two years.
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