Dublin Heuston railway station


Dublin Heuston railway station
Dublin Heuston Iarnród Éireann
Stáisiún Heuston
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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
[v · d · e]Dublin to Cork Line
Legend
Unknown BSicon "tCONTg" Unknown BSicon "uCONTg"
Phoenix Park Tunnel (To Dublin Connolly)
Exit tunnel Urban straight track
Luas Red Line (To Dublin Connolly) & (The Point)
Straight track
Interchange head + Hub
Urban stop on track + Hub
Dublin Heuston Luas
Track turning left Junction from right Unknown BSicon "uCONTf"
Luas Red Line (To Tallaght)
Straight track
Junction to left Track turning from right
Straight track Non-passenger station/depot on track
Inchicore Works
Junction from left Track turning right
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Park West & Cherry Orchard*
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Clondalkin/Fonthill*
Unknown BSicon "eHST"
Kishoge
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Adamstown*
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Hazelhatch & Celbridge*
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Sallins & Naas*
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Newbridge*
Station on track
Kildare
Junction to left Continuation to right
Dublin-Waterford Line
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Monasterevin*
Station on track
Portarlington
Continuation to left Junction to right
Dublin-Westport/Galway
Station on track
Portlaoise
Junction from left Non-passenger terminus from right
Laoise Traincare Depot
Continuation to left Junction from right
Limerick-Ballybrophy Line
Station on track
Ballybrophy
Unknown BSicon "xpHST"
Templemore*
Station on track
Thurles
Track turning from left Unknown BSicon "ABZrd"
Straight track Junction to left Continuation to right
Limerick-Rosslare Line
Straight track Station on track
Limerick Junction
Continuation to left Junction from right Straight track
Limerick-Ennis Line
End station Straight track
Limerick Colbert
Station on track
Charleville
Station on track
Mallow
Continuation to left Junction to right
Mallow-Tralee line
Station on track
Cork Kent
Continuation forward
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).

Contents

History

The station opened on 4 August 1846[1] 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

Since its renewal (by Quinn Savage Smyth architects and engineers Buro Happold) it includes two branches of Eason's, as well as some dining facilities, including a Supermacs, and a pub.

Operation

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.

However, both the No. 90 bus and the Luas light rail system connect the two stations.

The Government Transport 21 initiative plans by 2015 to have an Interconnector tunnel linking Heuston with Pearse Station and onwards to the new Docklands railway station.

Platforms

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.

Inchicore Works

The main IE maintenance depot, at Inchicore, is approximately three kilometres (two miles) away.

Gallery

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Terminus   Commuter
South Western Commuter
  Park West &
Cherry Orchard
Terminus   Intercity
Dublin-Cork
  Kildare
Terminus   Intercity
Dublin-Waterford
  Newbridge
  Intercity
Dublin-Limerick via Thurles
 
Terminus   Intercity
Dublin-Galway
  Hazelhatch
& Celbridge
Terminus   Intercity
Dublin-Westport/Ballina
  Kildare
or
Newbridge
Terminus   InterCity
Dublin-Tralee
  Portlaoise
    From 2015    
Christchurch   DART
Line 2
  Inchicore
Preceding station   Luas simple logo.svg Luas   Following station
Museum
towards Connolly or The Point
  Red Line   James's
towards Tallaght

See also

References

  1. ^ "Dublin Kingsbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. http://www.railscot.co.uk/Ireland/Irish_railways.pdf. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 

External links

Coordinates: 53°20′47″N 6°17′34″W / 53.346451°N 06.292662°W / 53.346451; -06.292662


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