The North-West Multimodal Transport Hub, an Interreg funded transport hub, located in Derry-Londonderry (Northern Ireland), has won a REGIOSTARS Award in category “The Topic of the Year: Enhancing green mobility in the regions - European Year of Rail 2021”.
Opened in October 2019, the Hub is located in a Grade-B listed building, the former Waterside Train station, and provides increased rail capacity as well as offering a balance of services for cycling and public transport, encouraging a shift from car to public transport.
The project, which integrates public transport and active travel, is the first of its type in the island of Ireland. The Hub addresses the issue of Climate Change by promoting low-carbon, cross-border public transport services. This is a particularly important development in this area as the North-West of Ireland has the highest level of cars commuting cross-border on the whole island. This can be attributed to the previously limited integration of cross-border public transport. Therefore, the project’s integration of cross-border public transport services, as well as the inclusion of active travel, enhances low-carbon cross-border connectivity, and reduces car dependency in this area.
Established in 2008, the REGIOSTARS Awards are an annual competition organised by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy. The North-West Multimodal Transport Hub, is one of two Interreg funded projects to win awards at this year event. The Awards highlight good practices in regional development that may inspire other regions and projects by celebrating innovative and inclusive EU-funded projects.
We are honoured that the important contribution this project is making towards greening transport has been recognised and hope that its innovative and comprehensive approach is replicated elsewhere because, as Commissioner Adina Vălean commented, considering “the entire mobility ecosystem is the most effective way to create sustainable, multimodal connectivity”.
Watch the video below to learn more about the project: