Cork Kent railway station

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Cork Kent Iarnród Éireann
Stáisiún Kent
CorkStation.JPG
Cork Kent railway station
Location
Place Lower Glanmire Road, Cork
Local authority Cork City Council
Operations
Station code 30
Platforms in use 5
History
1893 Station opened as Glanmire Road
1966 Renamed as Kent 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
Mallow to Youghal/Cóbh
Dublin to Cork mainline
Mallow-Waterford line (closed)
Mallow
Mallow–Tralee line
Mourne Abbey (closed)
Rathduff (closed)
Blarney(future)
Monard(future)
Kilbarry(future)
Cork Kent
Tivoli (closed)
Dunkettle(future)
Little Island
Glounthaune
Carrigtwohill West(future)
Carrigtwohill
Midleton
Mogeely (closed)
Killeagh (closed)
Youghal (closed)
Fota
Carrigaloe
Ballynoe(future)
Rushbrooke
Cobh

Kent Station (Irish: Stáisiún Kent) is an Iarnród Éireann railway station in Cork, Ireland. Originally opened in 1893, the station operates as a hub for Intercity services to Dublin and Tralee and commuter services to Mallow, Cobh and Midleton.

Background[edit]

Name[edit]

The station was originally called Glanmire Road Station, but was renamed for Thomas Kent in 1966 on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising.

History[edit]

The station, ca. 1893.

The station opened on 2 February 1893[1] and the current building was built in the same year. The station replaced two earlier stations that served as separate termini for the Great Southern and Western Railway (GS&WR) and Youghal Railway. The original GS&WR station for the Glanmire line was located directly in front of the portal of the tunnel through which the railway into Cork passed. And the original Cork & Youghal Railway terminus was above the tunnel portal.

The purpose of the new station was to allow through running of trains, following the 1865 takeover of the Cork and Youghal Railway by the Great Southern and Western Railway. The station is the only one of the 6 Cork railway stations that exists today.

The station served as a filming location for the 1979 movie The First Great Train Robbery starring Sean Connery, Donald Sutherland and Lesley-Anne Down.

On 24 February 2012, Kent Station briefly shut after it sprung a gas leak.[2]

On 18 December 2013, part of the canopy over platforms 1 and 2 collapsed in high winds. There was damage to one train and one person suffered minor injuries.[3] In February 2014 €2.8 million has been allocated to repair the canopy.[4]

Engine No. 36[edit]

An old locomotive is on permanent display in the concourse at Kent Station since 1950. "Engine No. 36" dates from 1847 and is displayed in the booking hall. Originally built by Bury, Curtis, and Kennedy of Liverpool at a cost of £1,955, the engine was obtained by the Great Southern and Western Railway to run services from Dublin to Cork. The engine remained in service until 1874.

She was displayed at the Cork exhibition in 1902, the Railway Centenary Exhibition in 1925 and the bi-centenary of the Royal Dublin Society at Ballsbridge in 1930. She was moved to a new position and restored by Iarnród Éireann in 2007.[5]

Services[edit]

The station offers direct intercity rail services to Heuston Station and stations in Kerry such as Killarney, Farranfore (for Kerry Airport) and Tralee. Cork Suburban Rail services follow the Cobh and Mallow lines. A new commuter line also operates to Midleton.[6]

The station has three terminating platforms 1-3 (in the Cobh direction) and two through platforms 4 and 5. Formerly there was an additional terminating platform adjacent to platform 3 numbered 4. Until the mid-1990s the through platforms were number 5 and 6. The former platform 4 was removed in 1984. Since December 2005's timetable change, the through platforms tend to get quite congested as commuter trains often come in together, clogging up limited space. Since the reopening of the Cork & Youghal Railway as far as Midleton increased use has been made of the terminating platforms 1 to 3.[citation needed] There is also a loop line behind platform 5, which used to be used to facilitate moving locomotives from the end of arriving trains to the other end in preparation for departure. This line used to be a double tracked freight avoiding line that enabled goods rans to bypass the passenger station. It is no longer necessary since all services to the station are operated either by railcars or by Mark 4 sets with a driving van trailer.[citation needed]

The only platform not directly accessible from the station concourse, platform 5, is accessed through a subway, unlike most other Irish stations, which use footbridges.

Future[edit]

In 2014 €3 million has been allocated towards implementing phase one works on a new entrance onto Horgan's Quay/Lower Glanmire Road to improve bus, cycle and taxi connections with the city centre.

Planning was granted for the full scheme by Cork City Council in July 2013. Permission includes new entrance building, new bi-directional road linking Railway Street/Alfred Street and Horgans Quay including bus shelters and new Carpark with 140 spaces and set-down area accessed from Horgans Quay. [7]

Work began in summer 2014 and will take approximately 2 years to complete.[8]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Terminus   InterCity
Cork-Tralee
  Mallow
Mallow   InterCity
Dublin-Cork Main Line
  Terminus
  Commuter
Cork-Mallow
 
Terminus   Commuter
Cork-Cobh/Midleton
  Little Island
  Future  
Terminus   Commuter
Cork-Cobh/Midleton
  Dunkettle
Kilbarry   Commuter
Cork-Mallow
  Terminus

Coordinates: 51°54′06″N 8°27′32″W / 51.901786°N 8.458829°W / 51.901786; -8.458829