I recognise the importance of supporting this development, and, clearly, public transport will be critical. I recently met officials from the University of Ulster, and I understand that it is working closely with Translink. Future plans to encourage students to access the new campus by public transport will include a range of direct bus services, discounted ticketing options and a wide range of promotional activity. Currently, Yorkgate rail station has capacity to deal with greater numbers of passengers. Translink will improve bus links from the station and is working with Transport NI on improved walkways and cycleways.
Translink has also looked at the possibility of providing a new station at Gamble Street. However, to operate a new station on the line at this location will require the existing single-line Dargan viaduct to be reconstructed to twin track. That is because a delay to each train on the single line section for services from Larne and Londonderry could not be justified. A recent review indicated that the single line across the Dargan viaduct will be sufficient for projected passenger growth well into the next decade.
To justify the track dualling earlier would require a sufficiently robust business case and consideration of impacts across the whole rail network. There is also a question of timing. Reconstructing the viaduct to take a twin track will most probably require an extended period of line closure, which brings with it its own difficulties.