Holyhead railway station


Holyhead railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Holyhead



other_name= Caergybi
code = HHD
manager = Arriva Trains Wales
locale = Holyhead
borough = Anglesey
start = June 1880
platforms = 3
usage0405 = 0.215
usage0506 = 0.202
usage0607 = 0.212

Holyhead railway station serves the town of Holyhead (Welsh name: "Caergybi") on Holy Island, Anglesey. It is the western terminus of the North Wales Coast Line and is managed by Arriva Trains Wales, although Virgin Trains also serves it.

There is a basic hourly service to Chester via Bangor, Llandudno Junction, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl, Prestatyn and Flint. There are also through services to London Euston (four per weekday, three on Saturdays, two on Sundays), Cardiff Central, Crewe (both every two hours) and Manchester Piccadilly (two per day).

Holyhead station is linked to Holyhead Ferry Port, which offers several sailings daily to and from both Dublin and Dún Laoghaire. The fastest services between Dublin and London by fast ferry and train take under seven hours.

The first station in Holyhead was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway on August 1st 1848 but this was replaced by the second in September 1851. The present station was opened by the LNWR on June 17 1880 and still retains it's overall roof. It originally had four platforms, but only three are currently in use - the track to the former platform three having been lifted. Platform one (on the western side of the station) is separated from the other two by the ferry terminal buildings & inner harbour and is the one normally used by through services to London - most other trains use platform two (platform four is only used occasionally as it is outside the train shed and open to the elements). There used to be a rail-served container terminal next to the station, but this closed down in the early 1990s (when the traffic transferred to Liverpool [http://www.2d53.co.uk/holyhead/23Dec80.htm] ) and has since been demolished.

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