Alongside the facelift, the station will also get a new name – Lanyon Place, reflecting the changing dynamics of the surrounding area.
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive, said: ‘‘Attractive, high quality passenger facilities play an important role in delivering the Programme for Government objective of increasing the use of public transport and active travel.
Over 2.6 million passengers used the station last year, and this work will provide a new modern, more welcoming frontage to replace the current ‘blast wall’, enhancements to the ticketing area, improved retail/café offerings and the provision of a new Belfast Bike dock.
“When the work is completed it will enhance the overall passenger experience and also support the rapid regeneration of the surrounding area. We would also hope to attract some of the 8,000+ employees from the surrounding offices to use public transport if they are not already doing so.
‘‘The Lanyon Place area has become a major hub of activity, with the ‘Lanyon’ name being adopted by a range of neighbouring businesses, alongside Belfast City Council’s exciting plans for the Lanyon Tunnels.
‘‘We consulted with a range of local stakeholders regarding this name change, and Lanyon Place made sense in order to provide more clarity on where the station is geographically located within the city. We plan to phase the new name in over the coming months, with the official name change introduced from September when the works are due to be completed.
“This will also coincide with the introduction of the new Glider service, which will stop in Lanyon Place ensuring greater access, integration and connectivity for passengers.
‘‘We will be working closely with local contractor, Cleary’s, to deliver this important project. The station will be completely accessible throughout the works and every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum during this time. We would ask for the patience and support of our customers as we carry out this improvement work’’