Heuston railway station
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The station in late 2006
|Location||St John's Road West|
Republic of Ireland
|Owned by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Operated by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Platforms||12 (including 3 for Luas)|
|Fare zone||Suburban 1|
|Opened||4 August 1846|
|1846||Station opened as Kingsbridge Station|
|1966||Renamed as Heuston Station|
|1998, 2004 and 2005||Station refurbished and partially rebuilt|
Dublin to Cork Line
|† Not served by through trains|
from Dublin to Cork
Luas Red Line
Heuston Station // (Irish: Stáisiún Heuston; formerly Kingsbridge Station) also known as Dublin Heuston, is one of Ireland's main railway stations, linking the capital with the south, southwest and west. It is operated by Iarnród Éireann (IÉ), the national railway operator. It also houses the head office of its parent company - Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). The station is named in honour of Seán Heuston, an executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, who had worked in the station's offices.
The station opened on 4 August 1846 as the terminus and headquarters of the Great Southern and Western Railway (GS&WR). It was originally called Kingsbridge Station after the nearby Kings Bridge over the River Liffey. In 1966, on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, it was renamed "Heuston Station" in honour of Seán Heuston, a young railway worker who commanded a nearby post in the 1916 Easter Rising. Heuston was one of the 16 executed by the British after that Rising, and had previously worked in the station's offices.
The original buildings, designed by Sancton Wood, remain. The five panels along the front represent, in order:
- VIII.VIC - being the Act of Parliament that incorporated the GS&WR
- Coat of arms of Cork City
- Coat of arms of Dublin City
- Coat of arms of Limerick City
- AD. 1844 - being the year of incorporation of the GS&WR
When first consructed the station had only two plaforms separated by 5 carriage lines. Two of the lines were subsequently replaced by a two-sided platform and the remaining carriage line also removed. An additional plaform was created in 1872 on the south side of the station beyond the station roof, this was known as the "military platform" and was intended military personnel could be kept separate from the rest of the station. Due to need to cater for increased demand and reduce delays three new plaforms were incorporated in August 2002 as part of a €170,000,000 development incorporating improved signalling and approach trackwork.
Since its renewal (by Quinn Savage Smyth architects and engineers Buro Happold) it includes two branches of Eason's, a Marks & Spencer Simply Food store, as well as some dining facilities, including a Supermacs and a pub.
InterCity services from Heuston go to and from Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo and Kerry.
All services leave the station on a triple line as far as Inchicore, quadruple line until Hazelhatch, and thereafter only double line (one each way).
This is the main line to Cork with key service terminus and transfer points in the Cork-bound direction at
- Kildare (for stations on the Waterford line)
- Portarlington (for routes to west via Tullamore and Athlone)
- Portlaoise (end of commuter services from Heuston)
- Ballybrophy (junction for stations on the Limerick-Ballybrophy railway line),
- Limerick Junction (for transfer to Limerick and Ennis services, and Waterford via Clonmel)
- Mallow (junction for Killarney and Tralee, and start of Cork commuter services).
For a full list of stops on these routes, and route descriptions, see Rail transport in Ireland.
Links to other main railway stations
Before 2016, the physical rail link between Connolly Station and Heuston via the Phoenix Park Tunnel was usually only used for freight and rolling stock movements. Once or twice a year special trains operated, usually from Cork to Connolly for Gaelic Athletic Association matches at Croke Park. A more regular service along this route, with four journeys an hour, began on 21 November 2016.
The Luas light rail red line connects the two stations (apart from off-peak Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays; connection to Busáras, a three-minute walk from Connolly, is possible at those times). Dublin Bus has a direct service to Connolly, but this operates as a special service for Dublin Airport so fares are not at commuter level.
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.
|Years||Daily Passenger Exit and Entry||Change|
In March 2018. plans to recast the defunct platform 10 at the entrance to the Phoenix Park tunnel as a new station named "Heuston West" were revealed. 
The Iarnród Éireann initiative plans to have a DART Underground tunnel linking Heuston with Pearse Station and onwards to the Docklands railway station. An underground station would be constructed at Heuston.
Construction has been indefinitely delayed due to lack of funding; however, planning and design is still ongoing under the heading of the DART underground project.
The main IÉ maintenance depot, at Inchicore, is approximately three kilometres (two miles) away.
|Preceding station||Iarnród Éireann||Following station|
South Western Commuter
|Park West &|
Dublin-Limerick via Thurles
South Western Commuter
|Preceding station||Luas||Following station|
towards Connolly or The Point
towards Tallaght or Saggart
- CIE annual report which names the station as "Heuston Station".
- "Dublin Kingsbridge station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-31.
- Boyd-Hope, Gary; Beaumont, Jonathan (14 August 2017). "FROM OUR ARCHIVE: HOW THE RAILWAYS REMEMBERED IRELAND'S 1916 EASTER RISING". Railway Magazine. Dublin Heuston. Archived from the original on 15 April 2018. Retrieved 15 April 2018.
- Murray, K. A.; McNeil, D.B. (1976). The Great Southern & Western Railway. Irish Record Railway Society. pp. 170, 171. ISBN 0904078051.
- "A New Improved Heuston Station 2002". RTÉ. 22 August 2002. Heuston Station in Dublin has been given a major overhaul and is due to open in just over a week. Archived from the original on 22 November 2017. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
- "Plans for four trains an hour in Phoenix Park tunnel next year". The Herald. 9 March 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
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- "Rail census" (PDF). www.nationaltransport.ie. 2017.
- Metrolink Consultation document
- Irish Rail DART Underground Webpage Archived 2015-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
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