International Appointment for the North-West's Multi Modal Transport Hub

The latest news for the huge £27m investment in Derry is the appointment of local company Farrans who is working in partnership with international railway engineers, Rhomberg Sersa JV as the contractors for this ambitious project.

This duo will be responsible for the construction of the new North-West Multi-Modal Transport hub which has been previously described as a venture which “will transform travel and enhance connectivity between train, bus, and other sustainable transport models” by Translink’s head of projects, John Glass.

Farran’s on the Future

Local company, Farrans anticipates great success with Regional Director, Glenn Gilmore stating, “The Farrans Rhomberg Sersa Joint Venture are delighted to be appointed by Translink to deliver this prestigious re-development of the former Waterside Train Station. Over the coming weeks, we look forward to engaging further with Translink, their various stakeholders and the local community to provide modern facilities, which will greatly improve the passengers’ experience and promote sustainable travel. We are very pleased to be involved in yet another project within the North-West and to continual regeneration of this great city.”

Scheme Support

Early opposition for the multi-million-pound plan ensued when a local, online petition collected 2,800 signatures to reject the redevelopment scheme. Since then, the project has continued undeterred by the criticism, with John Glass attempting to change the perception of the work towards an important investment in Derry that will enhance the overall customer experience. In the same vein, the project has been supported by the Department for Infrastructure and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in Ireland.

What is set to be an intense re-development includes new platforms, an enhanced Park & Ride, the demolition of the current train station, a new bus turning circle and a Greenway link to the city centre via the Peace Bridge as just some of the proposed works. These ideas are supported by Regional Director of the CBI, Angela McGowan, commenting “improving connections between the north-west and the rest of the island of Ireland will result in local firms having access to a greater pool of skills and talents, supporting higher productivity in the area.”

This valuable investment in rail is an engaging example of how transport can connect cities, people and livelihoods. Like much of the current work being undertaken across the country, this project is built on collaboration and international partnerships. To begin building successful partnerships of your own, check out our upcoming events such as our CP6 launch to build new opportunities in rail.

Published: 29th September 2018