Construction starts on new bus station for Banbridge

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy MLA along with David Strahan, Translink Group Chief Executive visited Banbridge to view the start of construction work on a new �746k Ulsterbus passenger facility for the area.  Also pictured l-r Kieran O'Kane Project Manager, BSG Civil Engineering, Linton McNeilly, Translink local Inspector, Joanne Dobson MLA, David Strahan, Translink Minister Danny Kennedy MLA, Katherine Devlin, Project Manager Translink, Gary Hunt, Architect from Design 2 Architects and Kevin McGahon, Clerk of Works, Translink. Picture by Brian Morrison
Transport Minister Danny Kennedy MLA along with David Strahan, Translink Group Chief Executive visited Banbridge to view the start of construction work on a new �746k Ulsterbus passenger facility for the area. Also pictured l-r Kieran O'Kane Project Manager, BSG Civil Engineering, Linton McNeilly, Translink local Inspector, Joanne Dobson MLA, David Strahan, Translink Minister Danny Kennedy MLA, Katherine Devlin, Project Manager Translink, Gary Hunt, Architect from Design 2 Architects and Kevin McGahon, Clerk of Works, Translink. Picture by Brian Morrison

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy visited Banbridge last week to view the start of the construction work on the new bus station for the area.

With preparatory works underway on the site of the current Kenlis Street Car Park, the new modern facility will provide a more comfortable waiting environment for customers, featuring, four new bus bays, covered bus stands with seating, a ticket and information kiosk, a small passenger waiting facility and attractive landscaping.

Transport Minister Danny Kennedy said: “Across Northern Ireland our public transport network provides passengers with a convenient, comfortable, and reliable service.

“This latest passenger facility will enhance the bus service for the local community and visitors to the Banbridge area.

“I am confident that new and modern facilities, such as this, will encourage even more people to choose public transport for both commuting and social use.”

Translink Group Chief Executive, David Strahan said: “We want to make local bus and coach services even more attractive for thousands of people travelling to work, schools, shops and other local amenities.

“Together with our range of good value tickets and free on board WiFi on Goldline coach services, we hope to secure even more people to choose public transport as the best way to travel.

“This is an exciting development for public transport in the Banbridge area. We would like to thank the Minister and his Department for the essential funding to deliver this project and ask for the on-goingsupport of the local community as we work hard to offer a more attractive service for everyone,” said David.

All works are planned to take place during sociable hours. Motorists are also advised that the Pay & Display parking service will no longer be available to accommodate the construction works.

Existing bus stop arrangements at Newry Street and Church Square will be retained during the works. When the new facility is completed in early 2016 the current Newry Street facilities will be closed and bus bays can then be transformed into on-street parking facilities.