The Park and Ride facility based in Drumahoe is to be relocated in the coming months, the Derry News has learned.
The busy Drumahoe facility, used by hundreds of commuters every day, was badly damaged in the August 2017 floods and cars were washed away.
People in Drumahoe looked on in horror as floods carried vehicles into the nearby River Faughan, while the rest of the facility was left under several feet of water.
A Department for Infrastructure (DfI) spokesman has now confirmed that the facility is going to be relocated a short distance up the road.
He explained: "DfI had responsibility for the existing Park and Ride facility at Drumahoe which was provided under temporary planning approval.
“The Department will provide a permanent replacement Park and Ride site also close to Drumahoe and after this comes into operation, consideration will be given as to how best to deal with the existing site.
“The new Park and Ride site will be at the eastern side of Drumahoe, adjacent to the new junction with the A6 dual carriageway which is currently under construction. Planning Permission has already been obtained for the new car park which will have around 280 parking spaces.
“The risk of flooding is not anticipated to be a significant issue when the works are completed in accordance with the planning approval.”
The former Institute F.C. football stadium and the Park ‘n’ Ride facilities are all part of the YMCA estate.
Willie Lamrock, general secretary of the YMCA said he would “love” to retain it as a football pitch but Institute was unable to get insurance against flooding.
The 19 acres of pitches, play area and car parking has been damaged beyond use.
Mr Lamrock commented: “In September the lease is up on the park and ride and that will be lowered down to the same level as the fields.
“A lot of people would park their cars at the park and ride where it stands now and use the bus service so it will be inconvenient for them.
"People park their cars there and get the bus, but also a lot of people walk from Drumahoe down to get the bus there.
"That park and ride was raised about eight feet to avoid any flooding, and it didn't, but that will be levelled out for a new project in the near future."
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