Bradshaw: Transport hub will boost local economy

Alliance Councillor Paula Bradshaw has called on Belfast City Council to renew its commitment to the Belfast Transport Hub, adding the plan has the potential to significantly boost the local economy.

Speaking after she gained unanimous support from Belfast’s Shadow Council, Councillor Bradshaw said it was essential we progress the idea of a new ‘Transport, Retail and Knowledge Hub’ – uniting transport, regeneration and sport in a bid to tackle inner-city deprivation.

Councillor Bradshaw said: “The notion of a Central Hub based around the city centre bus and train facilities is not new, but we have the potential to expand the idea to benefit the growing urban population close to Belfast.

“Not only will this make transport more accessible, but this project will also allow new areas of Belfast to develop economically. You only have to look at businesses close to the city centre and the bustling cafe culture and number of independent traders speaks for itself. A hub designed to look in all directions will aid this development elsewhere.

“But this isn’t only about transport – leisure and culture area also important. These are central to any thriving, prosperous city or region. Again it is essential that we look beyond the confines of what is now Great Victoria Street Station and push for the development of the national stadium as central to the overall project.

“I must commend all who have advanced the idea of the Hub and the National Stadium so far. As a new Council we have the opportunity to send a signal that we will deliver new, shared opportunities for everyone.”

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