Galway railway station

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Galway Ceannt Iarnród Éireann
Stáisiún Cheannt
Location
Place Galway
Local authority Galway County Council
Operations
Station code 170
Platforms in use 2
History
1851 Station opened
1998 0.993 million
2002 1.26 million
2006 1.5 million
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Galway (Ceannt) railway station (Ceannt Station / Stáisiún Cheannt) serves the city of Galway in County Galway. The station itself is located in the centre of the city in Eyre Square.

It is the terminus station for the Dublin to Galway intercity service and the Limerick to Galway and Athenry to Galway commuter services.[1]

Description[edit]

There are two platforms at Galway Ceannt; Platform 1 and Platform 2. Platform 2 can only be reached via Platform 1. Platform 1 is used for terminating/departing trains to Dublin Heuston while Platform 2 (a much shorter platform) is used for departing Limerick services.

The services which are provided at the station include ticket machines, a booking office, heated waiting rooms, toilets, a café, vending machines and a telephone box.

The station also serves as the Bus Éireann depot for Galway City.


History[edit]

The station opened on 1 August 1851.[2] This made Galway the western terminus of the Midland Great Western Railway giving the city a direct main line to its Broadstone Station terminus in Dublin.

As the 19th century progressed the rail network in Connacht was expanded, making Galway an important railhead. The nearby town of Athenry became a railway junction, giving Galway links to Ennis, Limerick and the south in 1869 and Sligo and the north in 1894. In 1895 the MGW opened a branch line between Galway and Clifden.

The 20th century brought increasing road competition, and this led the Great Southern Railways to close the Clifden branch in 1935. In the 1970s the state railway authority Córas Iompair Éireann closed the Sligo-Athenry-Ennis line to passenger services. It later closed to freight as well.

It was given the name Ceannt on 10 April 1966 in commemoration of Éamonn Ceannt, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

Limerick to Galway Line
Galway
Oranmore
Athenry
to Claremorris and Sligo
Dublin–Galway Line
Craughwell
Ardrahan
Gort
Ennis
Sixmilebridge
Limerick Colbert

Future[edit]

The station is to be redeveloped in the future as part of the Ceannt Station Quarter project.

In the meantime in 2013 1 million euro was spent on "bus/rail/taxi interchange at the station, with widened footpaths, "properly designed" bus bays and revised taxi arrangements. Approximately €100,000 is also to be allocated for design work for the provision of new 95 square meter double height glass and steel concourse as an interchange area for bus and rail passengers. This will include a seated waiting area, retail units, vending area and a new office for bus inspectors." [3]

In 2014 an additional €600,000 has been allocated for futher design and planning work on the interchange area [4] with planning permission submitted to Galway city council for approval in February 2014. [5]

External links[edit]

Preceding station Iarnród Éireann Iarnród Éireann Following station
Oranmore   Intercity
Dublin-Galway
  Terminus
Oranmore   Intercity
Limerick-Galway
  Terminus
  Commuter
Galway Suburban Rail
 

References[edit]

Coordinates: 53°16′25″N 9°02′48″W / 53.2736°N 9.0468°W / 53.2736; -9.0468