Plans for the construction of a new footbridge at Jordanstown Train Station have been shelved due to a lack of funding, it has been confirmed.
The new passenger footbridge over the tracks, linking the city-bound and country-bound platforms, had been expected to be in place by next year. However, the Department for Regional Development confirmed this week that, due to budgetary constraints, it could now be several years before it is constructed.
Translink opened a new park and ride facility at Jordanstown Train Station in October 2012, creating parking for more than 60 vehicles on land at Lynda Avenue.
Users of the facility currently have to walk across the tracks at Jordanstown Road to get to the Belfast-bound platform.
Criticising the DRD for putting the project on hold, East Antrim MLA Alastair Ross said: “This is a project that I had been lobbying for alongside former UUP MLA Ken Robinson, and after many years received a commitment from DRD that the footbridge would be rebuilt.
“It is terribly disappointing that DRD Minister Danny Kennedy has not been able to manage his budget effectively and has therefore shelved the project.
“Most disappointed will be those who use the station each morning and were looking forward to the footbridge being in place next year.”
Responding to Mr Ross’ comments, a DRD TransportNI spokeswoman said: “This project has been deferred in the current Capital Plan due to the department’s limited capital budget for this year.
“Construction is unlikely to start until 2018 at the earliest, however this position will be kept under review.”