Dublin Heuston railway station

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Dublin Heuston Iarnród Éireann
Baile Átha Cliath 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 12 (including 3 for Luas)
History
1846 Station opened as Kingsbridge Station
1966 Renamed as Heuston Station
Iarnród Éireann - Ireland railway stations
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Dublin Heuston /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).

History[edit]

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[edit]

Links to other main stations[edit]

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.

Platforms[edit]

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 numbered Platform 10, and is situated on the Phoenix Park Tunnel line, which connects to Connolly Station. There is no platform nine. Platform 10 is some distance from the main concourse, and is not used for any regular scheduled trains.

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 (junction for stations on the Limerick-Ballybrophy railway line), 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.

Future[edit]

The Government Transport 21 initiative planned to have an Interconnector tunnel linking Heuston with Pearse Station and onwards to the new Docklands railway station. An underground station will be constructed at Heuston. Construction has been indefinitely delayed due to lack of funding, however planning and design is still ongoing.[2]

Inchicore Works[edit]

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

Gallery[edit]

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
  Future  
Christchurch   DART
Line 2
  Inchicore
Preceding station   Luas   Following station
Museum
towards Connolly or The Point
  Red Line   James's
towards Tallaght

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dublin Kingsbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31. 
  2. ^ Irish Rail DART Undergrdound Webpage

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