Visitors to Portrush this summer will notice the ongoing work on Portrush Train Station – a new modern train station in the popular tourist town is under construction to attract and enable future growth of rail passengers travelling to and from the North Coast.
The project, which will be completed in spring 2019, ahead of Portrush’s hosting of the 148th Open, is part of an overall Portrush Regeneration Programme worth £17m, which is led by the Department for Communities – this also includes a major public realm improvement scheme in the town. Refurbishment of the station is a project valued at £5.6m.
Translink is keen to ensure continued growth in passenger numbers using Portrush Train Station, with upwards of 620,000 journeys being made to and from the existing facility per year. The new station will offer enhanced accessibility, improved passenger information and signage to local amenities and attractions, as well as enhanced cycle storage to encourage active travel. However, we also want to encourage those who use the station to feel a real sense of ownership of the facility – that’s why, as part of the project, Translink is keen to hear from the public on a series of images which will be displayed on the station frontage, along Eglinton Street.
The images are a series of evocative photographs of scenes and things synonymous with Portrush and the North Coast, such as scenes from the local seaside, well known landmarks such as Mussendum Temple, the Dark Hedges and the Giant’s Causeway, and events, with a nod to the North-West 200, the annual air show and golf, all things with which Portrush is associated. There is also an option to vote for a heritage railway image.
Louise Sterritt, Translink’s Project Manager for the Portrush Station scheme, said: ‘‘We want to keep the public as informed as possible as the new station in Portrush takes shape, and we want to have the community’s input – we are delighted to have the public choose these warm, arresting images to grace the station’s boundary wall and help make the station and Eglinton Street a real gateway to one of Northern Ireland’s premier tourist towns once again.
‘‘People can make their choices, choosing from the categories listed – Seaside, Tourist, Event and Train – by accessing our website at www.translink.co.uk/portrushvote. Voting will close at 11:59pm on Wednesday 8 August, with a maximum of 12 images with the most votes from the public being the ones to adorn the wall at Eglinton Street.
‘‘Translink is transforming public transport to be Your First Choice for Travel in Northern Ireland, and the new station in Portrush will be a major asset for us, contributing significantly to the ongoing regeneration of the town centre and surrounding area. We look forward to continuing to work alongside a range of stakeholders in delivering this key project for the benefit of Portrush and the wider area.’’