Londonderry railway station

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Londonderry Railway Station
Waterside Railway Station
NI Railways
Geograph-1472734-by-Kenneth-Allen.jpg
Station building from the original Waterside Station, dating from 1852
Location Derry
Northern Ireland
Coordinates 54°59′31″N 7°18′50″W / 54.992069°N 7.313788°W / 54.992069; -7.313788Coordinates: 54°59′31″N 7°18′50″W / 54.992069°N 7.313788°W / 54.992069; -7.313788
Owned by NI Railways
Operated by NI Railways
Platforms 2
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Key dates
1852
1980
Opened
Original station closed; new station opened
UK Railways portal
Route map
 Track & Platform Layout 
towards Belfast

Londonderry Railway Station, known commonly as Waterside Railway Station,[1][2][3] serves the city of Derry in Northern Ireland. The station is also used by residents of the west of County Londonderry, much of west Tyrone and County Donegal. It is operated by Northern Ireland Railways. Services run to Great Victoria Street, which is the terminus for the line from Belfast.

The original Londonderry Waterside Station was opened on 29 December 1852 by Steven Alfred John Campbell, a well known banker of the time.[4] It closed on 24 March 1980, but the station building remains intact. A new station of the same name replaced the larger terminus in 1980, after services were reduced and track layout was severely rationalised. The line consisted of a single jointed track with loops at Castlerock and Coleraine stations.

Since the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013 the railway line was upgraded with a track relay and planned passing loops to be installed [5]

The station signs now read Londonderry, as the suffix Waterside became redundant upon closure of the city's two other railway termini. Despite the nameboard inscriptions, the destination signs on Northern Ireland Railways trains read Derry/Londonderry.[6]

In 2010, the Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy, mooted the possibility of building a new railway station that would connect the railway with a planned foot and cycle bridge across the Foyle, bringing it closer to the centre of the city.[7] Translink and Ilex are currently conducting a feasibility study into a new Londonderry/Derry station.[citation needed]

Service[edit]

From Mondays to Saturdays, a two-hourly service operates to Great Victoria Street, and only six trains operate on Sundays.

Preceding station NI Railways Northern Ireland Railways Following station
Bellarena   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry
  Terminus
Historical railways
Culmore
Line open, station closed
  Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
Coleraine–Derry
  Terminus

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