Londonderry railway station

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Londonderry Railway Station
Waterside Railway Station
NI Railways
Londonderry (1).jpg
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
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Route map
 Track & Platform Layout 
towards Belfast
The original Waterside station

Londonderry Railway Station, known commonly as Waterside Railway Station,[1][2][3] 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.[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 station.[citation needed]

On 6 October 2016, Translink confirmed that the railway would be returning to the former BNCR Waterside station which will be used as a new transport hub for the city.[8]

Service[edit]

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

Preceding station   NIR logo.svg 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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