10 Belfast train stations to close for 2 months

As we approach the summer, ten train stations between Belfast and Lisburn are set to close for two months.

10 Belfast train stations to close for 2 months.

The new Belfast Grand Central Station is set to revolutionise public transport in the city and further afield when it opens in autumn.

However, one of the knock-on effects of building the transport hub is the closure of ten Belfast train stations during the summer.

Though strategically planned during the school holidays to mitigate disruption, concerns persist that the closures will affect tourism, the environment, and the city’s busy summer events schedule.

Belfast Grand Central Station – the city’s new transport hub

Belfast’s Great Victoria Street station, next to the famous Europa Hotel, closed for good on 10 May to make way for Belfast Grand Central Station. The new transport hub is set to open in autumn 2024 and will see a host of changes to transport in the country.

The popular Enterprise service that connects Belfast to Dublin will relocate to the new station from Lanyon Place and its frequency will increase. In total, Belfast Grand Central Station will comprise eight railway platforms and 26 bus stands.

The station will also bring jobs to the city in the form of retail opportunities, as well as a new space for arts, culture, and community events – Saltwater Square.

Ten Belfast train stations to close for two months – the knock-on effect

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It would be unrealistic to expect everything to run smoothly amid a project of this size, and indeed, there will be some knock-on effects.

In addition to the permanently closed Great Victoria Street, nine other stops in Belfast and Lisburn will close temporarily for two months. These include Botanic, City Hospital, Adelaide, Balmoral, Finaghy, Dunmurry, Derriaghy, Lambeg, and Hilden.

A Translink statement read, “During the summer period, the rail line will close between Lanyon Place and Lisburn.

“During this time, bus substitution services will operate and passengers will also be able to use scheduled Metro and Ulsterbus services operating between Belfast train stations and along the Lisburn Road.

“There will also be enhanced Metro, Goldliner, and Park and Ride timetables to facilitate our passengers.”

The Enterprise service, meanwhile, “will operate from Portadown with coach transfers from Belfast to Newry to connect with the Enterprise train”.

Concerns about the closure – disruptions to summer events and more

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The timing of the closure coincides with school holidays, so, in theory, train traffic should be lighter. However, the closures do raise a number of concerns.

One such concern regards the series of summer concerts that take place in the city annually. Translink, however, stated that they “are currently working with various promoters to develop transport plans for summer events”.

Green Party councillor Brian Smyth also voiced concerns about the closures. Smyth worries it might cause more people to use cars and, moreover, adversely affect those without access to private vehicles.

“It seems to be that many people are not aware of the impact of this and the size of it,” said Smyth. “Translink need to be clear in their communication with the public. Be upfront, be transparent on what’s happening.”

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