The EU will invest through the TEN-T Programme almost €3.5 million for preparatory studies concerning a cross-border train and bus service linking Belfast in Northern Ireland to the rest of the UK and neighbouring countries. The service will also integrate other transport modes and ensure a connection to Belfast’s Central Business District.
The scope of the studies is to identify how best to deliver a fully integrated service with amenities for other transport users (taxis, cyclists, private cars, pedestrians) and a seamless connection to the city’s proposed rapid transit service.
The new intermodal transport hub is part of a larger project aiming to reduce passenger journey times between Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe. The project’s deadline is December 2015.