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ALL ABOARD: Ribbon cutting to mark the operational opening of York Street train station in Belfast

THE opening of York Street Station was celebrated recently when Infrastructure Minister, John O’Dowd cut the ribbon to mark the passenger opening of the new modern, accessible facility.

Joined by community, elected, business, and education representatives, the guests had the opportunity to see firsthand the transformation of the local rail facility, while learning more about its modern features including new ticket gates, alongside its accessible and environmental credentials.

The new station boosts, a new passenger footbridge between platforms, new canopies to platforms with increased cover to passenger waiting areas, and a new high-quality public realm space creating an ambient and attractive public space.

The high-spec station replaces the existing railway facilities at Yorkgate and will connect to existing cycle and sustainable active travel infrastructure.

DREAM TEAM: Michelle Alcorn, Translink Head of Property Management; Andrew Henry GRAHAM Contracts Manager; Michael Holmes, Translink Programme Manager; Chris Conway, Translink Group CEO; John O’Dowd MLA, Minister for Infrastructure; John Deery GRAHAM Contracts Manager; Cllr Sammy Douglas, High Sheriff of Belfast.

Also unveiled today at the new York Street station was a major new piece of public art, centred on the theme ‘Journeylines’, giving expression to the possibilities and options opened up by public transport.   This was created by renowned local artist, Kevin Killen in collaboration with the local community.

Andrew Henry, GRAHAM Contracts Director said:  “We’re delighted to have completed the redevelopment of York Street Station on behalf of Translink – bringing a modern and more accessible station to the North of the city.

Building on the success of our collaboration with Translink, the redevelopment of York Street will create a positive impact, improving passenger experience with enhanced facilities, and increasing capacity for future passenger growth at the station.

Over the next few months, construction works will continue as we deliver phase 2 of the project which includes demolition of the existing building and significant works to the remainder of the station platforms.”

GRAND DESIGNS: The newly opened York Street Train Station in Belfast

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive said: “We’re excited to showcase the advancements made at the new York Street Train Station. Set to enhance connectivity for North Belfast including students at Ulster University, it will also act as a gateway to Cathedral Quarter, Sailortown and City Quays.

“By delivering modern, more accessible facilities with better links to walking and cycling, more people can choose cleaner travel choices and make smarter moves for the planet and our local air quality which helps keep everyone better connected. We look forward to completing the transformation with new high-quality landscaping and a new public realm area coming later this Summer.

“I would like to thank DfI for their support in delivering this scheme and acknowledge the work of the project team who have worked hard to bring this project to fruition. Also, thanks must also go to the local community for their valuable engagement that has helped to create the new signature piece of landmark art creating a sense of place for the local area.”

Speaking about the new landmark piece of art, designer and creator Kevin Killen local artist said: “As an artist, my goal is to create works that inspire, engage, and reflect the essence of our communities. With the ‘Journeylines’ sculpture at York Street Station, I aimed to capture the spirit of travel and connectivity, weaving together the diverse narratives and experiences of Belfast’s residents. It’s an honour to contribute to the cultural fabric of this vibrant city and to leave a lasting legacy that celebrates our shared journey through life.”

For more information, visit the website: www.graham.co.uk

TICKETS PLEASE: Train passing through York Street Train Station

 

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