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Retail NI Support for Proposed North-West Transport Hub

Retail NI has voiced support for proposals submitted by Translink for a North-West Multi-Modal Transport Hub in Derry-Londonderry.

Located at the old listed Waterside Station on the city’s Duke Street, the proposed facility is an ambitious project intended to transform all forms of travel in the city and beyond; it represents an investment of £27m, including time-bound EU funding, and will include retail and community space, a new park and ride site, a sustainable travel centre and an extension to the greenway to connect the new facility to the city centre via the Peace Bridge.

Glyn Roberts, Chief Executive of Retail NI, said:  

‘‘As a key investment in the North West region, and specifically they city of Derry-Londonderry, I fully support Translink’s proposed North West Transport Hub proposals. There is growing evidence to support the assertion that travel hubs are supplanting out-of-town retail parks, in-town shopping malls and shopping parades as the most favoured location for new retail stores. Whilst the proposed retail within the hub are themselves a welcome boost and a benefit to the Waterside area, the positive impact of the multi-modal proposals on the city and wider region is of primary significance.

‘‘By bringing together a range of transport modes, such as car, bus, rail and walking and cycling, the Hub will make it as easy as possible for people to visit and shop in the city. For the first time, these shoppers will have an easy link between local city bus services and onward travel, including cross-border rail and bus services. Building on the success of the hourly Belfast train service,  this could be transformative in developing Derry-Londonderry’s reputation as a retail destination in the North-West and encouraging cross-border visitors and shoppers from elsewhere in Northern Ireland in seeking out what the city has to offer retail, leisure and hospitality.

‘‘I fully support this ambitious project and the benefits it will bring to local traders in the city.’’

 

Glyn Roberts 07515710517