Car park plans in the pipeline

Moira Railway Station.
Moira Railway Station.

Translink has revealed plans to increase the capacity of Moira Train Station Park & Ride Facility to around 400 parking spaces by developing a potential site located beside the existing carpark.

The scheme would provide convenient access to Moira Train Station for vehciles and pedestrians, as well as a safe and secure facility with new cycle shelters, disabled access parking spaces, CCTV, security fencing and lighting.

There will also be additional vehicle access from the A26 Glenavy Road helping to reduce commuter traffic and local parking problems on Station Road.

A design team has been appointed to advance plans and Transport NI is developing traffic plans for new road junctions.

Now, the public can have their say on proposals by completing a feedback form available in main stations, attending an information session at Moira Train Station on September 22, 3-6.30pm, or by responding online at www.translink.co.uk/moirapandrconsultation/.

Aidan Stott, Translink Project Manager, says this is a good opportunity to help shape proposals for the new Park & Ride: “This is an exciting time for Park & Ride as more and more people enjoy the convenience of taking the train or bus as a better way to travel.

“We want to involve the local community at this early stage to help us shape the plans that we will submit for planning application in coming months.

“Our information session includes the opportunity to view plans, meet local Translink representatives and ask questions about the development.

“This Park & Ride development will reduce parking problems in the area and make train travel even more accessible. It will also facilitate future growth in rail passengers and supports ‘greener’ more sustainable travel.

“The project Business Case has been approved and subject to funding, the availability of land and the necessary planning approvals, work could potentially start during 2018.”

The closing date for Moira Train Station Park & Ride development proposal responses is 30 November, 2016.