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CENTRAL STATION 2018EAST BRIDGE STREET AND NEARBY
BELFAST CENTRAL AS IT WAS KNOWN IN 2018 EAST BRIDGE STREET AND NEARBY
The station was opened as "Belfast Central" on Monday 26 April 1976, despite it being located further from Belfast city centre than Great Victoria Street station. The first station manager was Mr John Johnston.
By the 1990s, it became clear that the station's facilities were in need of upgrading. A major refurbishment programme started in 2000 and was completed in 2003.
In February 2018, Translink announced that Belfast Central would undergo a face-lift. This would see the entrance hall and East Bridge Street façade completely redesigned, with the removal of the Troubles-era blast wall. Inside, the ticket hall would be rebuilt and new retail and dining facilities provided. A Belfast Bikes dock will also be included in the redesigned station.
As part of the redesign, Belfast Central was renamed Lanyon Place on 1 September 2018. This is despite the fact that, strictly speaking, the station is not located there but on East Bridge Street.
It was expected that the Enterprise will move from Lanyon Place to the new transport hub Great Victoria Street once that project is completed. This has yet to happen [10 September 2022].
[Update April 2022] Belfast’s new transport hub will be officially named Belfast Grand Central Station. Work on the south Belfast station began in February and is expected to open by 2025. The major infrastructural scheme led by Northern Ireland’s public transport provider stretches across 160,000 sqft, replacing the existing Europa and Great Victoria Street bus and rail stations. When completed, it will become the largest integrated transport hub on the island of Ireland.
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