Secretary of State for NI visits the construction site of Belfast Grand Central Station

The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris MP visited the construction site of the new Belfast Grand Central Station on 2nd November, where work is progressing at pace.

Joined by the NIO Permanent Secretary, Madeleine Alessandri, the visit was an opportunity to learn more about this important flagship project and the economic, social and environmental benefits it will deliver alongside Translink’s Climate Action plan to deliver Net Zero emission transport for Northern Ireland.

Speaking at the event Secretary of State Chris Heaton-Harris said
“The UK Government recognises the huge economic potential which exists in Northern Ireland, and it is fantastic to see such forward looking and exciting redevelopment plans already underway in Belfast.

“Northern Ireland’s economy is facing a challenging time with the lack of a functioning Executive placing pressure on finances already strained by the rising cost of living and doing business. While the UK Government will take action where it can, projects such as this are vital in continuing to attract investment and deliver benefits to local communities.”

Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive said, “We welcomed the opportunity to showcase the progress being made to deliver what is set to be the largest modern integrated transport hub on the island of Ireland. This state-of-the-art station, will improve connectivity across Northern Ireland and beyond, encourage more sustainable travel and support the economy.

“We also shared our ambitious Climate Action plans to further drive modal shift on to public transport alongside our plans to decarbonise Northern Ireland’s public transport and the wider benefits that brings in terms of Green Growth, the Energy Strategy and the Clean Air Strategy, while supporting the 10x Economic Vision.

“We extend our thanks to the Secretary of State for his support for our plans and vision to attract investment to this exciting transport led regeneration project at Weavers Cross.”