Ennis railway station

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Ennis
Iarnród Éireann
Ennis Station - geograph.org.uk - 296727.jpg
Location Station Road, Ennis, County Clare, V95 WY02
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates 52°50′20″N 8°58′31″W / 52.83889°N 8.97528°W / 52.83889; -8.97528Coordinates: 52°50′20″N 8°58′31″W / 52.83889°N 8.97528°W / 52.83889; -8.97528
Owned by Iarnród Éireann
Operated by Iarnród Éireann
Platforms 2
Construction
Structure type At-grade
Other information
Station code 181
Key dates
1859 Station opened
Limerick to
Galway Line
[to Claremorris(Disused)}
 
Dublin–Galway Line
Athenry
Oranmore
Galway
Craughwell
Ardrahan
Gort
Ennis
Sixmilebridge
Limerick Colbert
Ennis Line
 Limerick Suburban Rail 
Limerick
Sixmilebridge
Ennis

Ennis railway station serves the town of Ennis in County Clare, Ireland.

Ennis is the terminus station of the Limerick to Ennis Commuter service (intermediate stop Sixmilebridge) and a station on the Limerick to Galway intercity service. Passengers for Dublin/Cork or Waterford transfer at Limerick.

The station forms part of the Western Railway Corridor, the name given to a group of lines in the west of Ireland between Limerick and Sligo.

Five services pass through Ennis on the Limerick–Galway service with more just running Limerick–Ennis.

The Limerick Colbert to Galway Ceannt service calls at Sixmilebridge, Ennis, Gort, Ardrahan, Craughwell, Athenry and Oranmore.

History[edit]

The regular passenger service Limerick–Claremorris through Ennis shut on 5 April 1976. Limerick–Ennis recommenced on Thursdays from 4 August 1984,[1] two days a week from 12 April 1988, four days a week from 19 February 1993 and six days a week from 16 May 1994.[2]

It was proposed to utilise the National Development Plan to fund regeneration of the railway in the west. The rail line between Ennis and Athenry was funded to enable a Limerick to Galway service (Phase one of Transport 21 Western Rail Corridor project). Opening of the Limerick to Galway service took place officially on 29 March 2010 and for the public on 30 March 2010.

Facilities[edit]

There are two platforms in the station; Platform 2 is built on a passing loop. Access between the platforms is via a footbridge. There is a canopy over a section of Platform 1. Both platforms have benches, bins and information displays. Platform 1 has a help point. Inside the station there is a ticket office with hatches and ticket machines. There is also a waiting room which has vending machines. The station is beside the bus station.

Closures Due to Flooding[edit]

In mid-February 2008, the train service between Ennis and Limerick was suspended due to severe flooding on a section of the line running through Newmarket-on-Fergus. Further flooding in the winter of 2009/2010 delayed the completion of the Western Rail Corridor project whose first timetable carried a January 2010 issue date even though it was 29 March 2010 before the first train ran.

Further flooding occurred in early 2014 leading to a 3-month closure.[3]

The line was again closed owing to flooding from late November 2015 to May 2016 [4]

Interchange for Shannon Airport[edit]

Buses and taxis connect with Shannon Airport.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Maund, Richard (2004-12-10). "Ennis-Limerick: resumption of passenger services". Rail Chronology. Retrieved 2012-01-25. 
  2. ^ Johnson, Stephen (1997). Johnson's Atlas & Gazetteer of the Railways of Ireland. Leicester: Midland Counties. p. 77. ISBN 1-85780-044-3. 
  3. ^ "Rail services between Ennis to Limerick will resume this morning (Tuesday) the first since the line was closed on February 2nd due to severe flooding.". Clare Herald. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Limerick to Ennis line reopens following flooding". Irish Rail. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 

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Preceding station   Iarnrod Eireann simple logo 2013.png Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Sixmilebridge   Commuter
Limerick Suburban Rail
  Terminus
  InterCity
Athenry-Galway
  Gort