Moira railway station

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This article is about the railway station in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. For the former railway station in Leicestershire, England, see Moira railway station, Leicestershire.
Moira NI Railways
Moira railway station in 2007.jpg
Location
Place Moira, County Down.
(Station in County Antrim)
Local authority Lisburn
Coordinates 54°29′31″N 6°12′54″W / 54.492°N 6.215°W / 54.492; -6.215Coordinates: 54°29′31″N 6°12′54″W / 54.492°N 6.215°W / 54.492; -6.215
Operations
Platforms in use 2
History
Opened 1841 (1841)
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Moira railway station serves Moira in County Down, Northern Ireland. Despite the station serving the County Down town, the station itself is located in County Antrim, the neighbouring Lagan Canal being the boundary. Moira station is the oldest building on the NIR network today having been opened on 18 November 1841.[1] The old, now redundant, signal box stands over the station on the Southbound side.

Situated near the M1 motorway, the station is popular amongst commuters from the surrounding area.

In March 2014, NIR started construction of a new footbridge at the Portadown end of the station. The footbridge is due to be completed by Summer 2014.

Station Buildings[edit]

Moira station in the winter.

There is a station building and signal cabin on the 'down' platform. Off site, away from the platforms, there is a station master's house. NIR have included in their corporate plans for a new footbridge to be constructed at Moira. The signal cabin was recently repainted. During the construction of the station and the railway thousands of skeletons were unearthed, leading to a greater understanding of the Battle of Moira, the largest battle in the history of Ireland, which had occurred in 637 and the previous details of which were much less well known.

Lines in the Past[edit]

The Ulster Railway brought trains from Belfast Great Victoria Street railway station to Portadown and Armagh railway station in Armagh. Later the Great Northern Railway of Ireland had a much more extensive system with trains to Omagh, Enniskillen, Bundoran, Strabane and Derry/Londonderry being linked, which in the 1950s and 1960s was closed west of Portadown.

Lines in the Present[edit]

The station is now part of NIR's Newry-Bangor service. The station is also passed through by the Enterprise intercity service from Belfast Central to Dublin Connolly on the Belfast-Dublin railway line.

Service[edit]

Mondays to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service towards Portadown in one direction, with some trains continuing on to Newry; and to Bangor in the other direction, with some trains terminating at Great Victoria Street.

Extra trains operate at peak times, and the service reduces to hourly operation in the evenings.

Although on the Belfast-Dublin line, Enterprise services do not call at Moira station.

On Sundays, the service is hourly in each direction.

Preceding station NI Railways Northern Ireland Railways Following station
Lisburn   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Newry
  Lurgan
Historical railways
The Damhead
Line open, station closed
  Ulster Railway
Belfast-Portadown
  Pritchard's Bridge
Line open, station closed
Station Road in Moira, with the Lagan Canal facing towards Lough Neagh.

Future Link to Armagh City[edit]

There is a possible future railway reopening from Portadown railway station to Armagh.

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