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Project Overview

Client Translink

Project Value £5.6m

Expertise Civil Engineering

Sector Rail

Timeline May 2018 - May 2019

Location Northern Ireland

Portrush Train Station

Portrush Train Station 'Open' for business

Project summary

Providing a “real sense of place”, the new £5.6m Portrush Train Station is a modern “gateway” for Portrush – a seaside town in County Antrim, roughly 67 miles from Belfast. Completed in anticipation of the 148th Open golf major, the contemporary station now includes three upgraded platforms, and the extension of the permanent way for Platforms 1 and 2. Importantly, it can now accommodate six-car train sets which has significantly increased its capacity.

Our phased construction programme featured the construction of a steel framed station building and the installation of a range of modern facilities, notably a fully equipped wet room - the first of its kind for a Translink station in NI. Enhanced passenger information systems/signage and increased cycle storage, to encourage active travel, are additional elements of this transformative project.


Project value

May 2018

Project commencement

May 2019

Project completion

The solution

Beginning in May 2018, we introduced a multi-phased construction programme, and erected a temporary station building, which ensured that the pre-existing passenger and rail services remained fully operational and functional throughout the duration of the project.

Among the core elements of the scheme were the construction of a new steel framed station building, the upgrading of three platforms and the extension of the permanent way for Platforms 1 and 2. Boundary works, environmental improvements, M&E, cladding, internal fit-out, landscaping and the general installation of modern facilities, including a new Public Address System, a Passenger Information System and corporate signage, were further aspects of the redevelopment.

Demonstrating the high standard of finish, no bolted connections are visible on the structural steelwork.

The new station building, which was designed and constructed to ensure high-quality disabled access, includes a fully equipped wet room, with an adult-sized changing table, toilet and showering facilities, and a hoist. This 4 x 2.5m area is the first of its kind for a Translink station in Northern Ireland.

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"We are proud of what Portrush Station has to offer the travelling public, and we’re certain that those passing through this summer will be impressed by what they encounter, from modern waiting facilities, improved passenger information and signage to local amenities and attractions, as well as enhanced cycle storage to promote more ‘active’ travel."

Richard Knox Translink's Head of Rail Service Operations

"Portrush Train Station provides a real sense of ‘place’ for the town and is a great gateway for the world to come and see what Portrush has to offer."

Richard Knox Translink's Head of Rail Service Operations