Londonderry railway station
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Original station closed; new station opened
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Londonderry Railway Station, known commonly as Waterside Railway Station, is a railway terminus in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland, on the east bank of the River Foyle. 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. It serves the line to Belfast, whose other terminus is Great Victoria Street.
The original Londonderry Waterside Station was opened on 29 December 1852 by Steven Alfred John Campbell, a well-known banker of the time. 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.
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.
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. Translink and Ilex are currently conducting a feasibility study into a new station.
From Mondays to Saturdays, a two-hourly service operates to Belfast Great Victoria Street, and only six trains operate on Sundays.
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Line open, station closed
|Londonderry and Coleraine Railway
- "Londonderry Waterside station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-30.
- "Londonderry Line" Andy Milne, RailStaff, May 2012
- "All aboard". Jill Murray - Flickr. Retrieved 2012-05-20.
- New Waterside rail station at Peace Bridge mooted - Londonderry Sentinel, 25/02/10
- Translink. "McGuinness and Hazzard confirm Old Waterside Station as site for Derry transport hub - Translink". www.translink.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-10-06.
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