Marking a further major milestone, Belfast Grand Central Station today sees the opening of the Busway Bridge. The structure was designed by global sustainable development consultancy Arup as an integral element of the NI Executive Flagship Project, integrating the multimodal transport hub’s facilities ahead of planned completion in 2025.

The bridge’s opening symbolises a new chapter for Translink’s wider regeneration programme, including the major integration of Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Railway Station, as well as the creation of a new city neighbourhood in the centre of Belfast, Weavers Cross.

Spanning 51 metres and weighing 480 tonnes, the bridge will cross the realigned railway lines serving the new station. The structural steelwork uses weathering steel, optimising the bridge’s durability by preventing corrosion, achieving both a design life of 120-years and reduced maintenance requirements. Giving the bridge a distinct rust-like appearance, this specific steel structure is the first of its kind on Northern Ireland’s public transport network and serves to be a new benchmark in sustainable infrastructure development.

The Busway Bridge was inspired by Arup’s previous work utilising the benefits of weathering steel for similar structures, including the renowned Bridge Street overbridge located at Newport Station, South Wales.

The overbridge is a key section of the new bus lane providing a direct, fast and efficient route for passengers using bus and coach services operating between the M1/Broadway Roundabout and initially the Europa Buscentre, ultimately serving Belfast Grand Central Station with its 26 bus stands once it is complete.

Belfast Grand Central Station will be a significant catalyst for regeneration through reconnection, supporting economic growth, prosperity and Northern Ireland’s climate ambitions. It will provide easy access to bus, coach, rail and active travel connections across the city and beyond, driving modal shift and ensuring people are better connected while helping Northern Ireland achieve the carbon emission reduction targets set out in the NI Climate Change Act.

The world-class facility is set to be Ireland’s largest integrated transport hub, situated at the heart of the new Weavers Cross city neighbourhood. Bringing circa 1.3 million square feet of mixed-use space to a strategic location in the city, Belfast Grand Central Station will be the largest transport-led regeneration project in Northern Ireland, accelerating significant investment opportunities as a key economic driver for surrounding areas.

Around 400 bus services will travel across it on a daily basis when the new hub opens. This busway bridge is an integral part of the bus infrastructure planned for the world class Belfast Grand Central Station. From today, passengers will see around ten-minute reductions on journey times when travelling on services that use this direct bus lane and busway bridge to and from Europa Buscentre.

 I would also like to thank and congratulate the entire project and operations teams for their hard work to deliver this milestone and also acknowledge the Department for Infrastructure for their essential funding to deliver this project.

Philip Brown

Head of Major Projects, Translink

We’re pleased to have safely and efficiently delivered this sustainable new busway bridge, which provides a gateway to the station, and paves the way for the next phase of the Belfast Grand Central Station project. Like our previous projects with Translink, it will have significant benefits for the region, improving connectivity, driving economic growth, and supporting carbon reduction efforts in Northern Ireland. At GRAHAM, we strive to deliver lasting impact, and are delighted that this scheme has also created job opportunities for new entrant trainees. Additionally, it has supported over 300 hours of apprenticeships and helped support local suppliers and businesses. Work on the wider transport hub is still underway, but it’s clear that this transformative project is already delivering real social value.

Andrew Henry

Contracts Director, GRAHAM