- Dublin Heuston railway station
Dublin Heuston Stáisiún Heuston Dublin Heuston railway station Location Place St. John's Road, Dublin 8 Local authority Dublin City Council Operations Station code 1 Platforms in use 9 (+3 Luas) History 1846 Station opened as Kingsbridge Station 1966 Renamed as Heuston Station Iarnród Éireann - Ireland railway stations A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Dublin to Cork LineLegend Phoenix Park Tunnel (To Dublin Connolly) Luas Red Line (To Dublin Connolly) & (The Point) Dublin Heuston Luas Red Line (To Tallaght) Inchicore Works Park West & Cherry Orchard* Clondalkin/Fonthill* Kishoge Adamstown* Hazelhatch & Celbridge* Sallins & Naas* Newbridge* Kildare Dublin-Waterford Line Monasterevin* Portarlington Dublin-Westport/Galway Portlaoise Laoise Traincare Depot Limerick-Ballybrophy Line Ballybrophy Templemore* Thurles Limerick-Rosslare Line Limerick Junction Limerick-Ennis Line Limerick Colbert Charleville Mallow Mallow-Tralee line Cork Kent Cork-Cobh Line *Not served by through trains from Dublin to Cork
Dublin Heuston (pronounced /ˈhjuːstən/), commonly called Heuston Station (Irish: Stáisiún Heuston), is one of Ireland's main railway stations, serving the south, southwest and west. It is operated by Iarnród Éireann (IE), the national railway operator. It also houses the head office of IE's parent company, Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ).
The station opened on 4 August 1846 as the terminus and headquarters of the Great Southern and Western Railway (GS&WR). It was originally called Kingsbridge Station from the nearby Kings Bridge over the Liffey, but was renamed in 1966 after Sean Heuston, an Easter Rising leader who had worked in the station offices.
Designed by Sancton Wood, the handsome original buildings remain. The five panels along the front represent, in order:
- VIII.VIC - being the Act of Parliament that incorporated the GS&WR
- The Coat of Arms of Cork City
- The Coat of Arms of Dublin City
- The Coat of Arms of Limerick City
- AD. 1844 - being the year of incorporation of the GS&WR
Links to other main stations
Although there is a physical rail link between Connolly Station and Heuston, via the Phoenix Park Tunnel, this is usually only used for freight and rolling stock movements. Once or twice a year special trains may operate, usually from Cork to Connolly for Gaelic Athletic Association matches in Croke Park.
There are nine platforms - eight terminal platforms and one through platform. Platform 1 is an extension to Platform 2, and reachable only via that platform. Prior to Heuston's recent upgrade, there were five terminal platforms.
The through platform is known as "Platform 10", and may be used for a Donegal rail line; there is no platform nine. Platform 10 is some distance from the main concourse.
Intercity and Commuter services leave the station on a triple line as far as Inchicore, and a double line beyond. This is the main line to Cork, serving Kildare [end of Commuter services occurs at milepost 30] and the junction for Kilkenny and Waterford, Portarlington, a diverging route to west via Tullamore and Athlone, Portlaoise, Ballybrophy, the junction for Limerick via Nenagh, Thurles, Limerick Junction (for direct Limerick and Ennis services, and Waterford via Clonmel), Mallow (junction for Killarney & Tralee). For a full list of stops on these routes, and route descriptions, see Rail transport in Ireland.
The main IE maintenance depot, at Inchicore, is approximately three kilometres (two miles) away.
Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Following station Terminus Commuter
South Western Commuter
Park West &
Kildare Terminus Intercity
Dublin-Limerick via Thurles
Portlaoise From 2015 Christchurch DART
Inchicore Preceding station Luas Following station Museum
towards Connolly or The Point
Red Line James's
- ^ "Dublin Kingsbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
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