Portadown railway station

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Portadown NI Railways
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NIR Class 3000 train at Portadown in 2012
Location
Place Portadown
Local authority Craigavon
Coordinates 54°25′30″N 6°26′46″W / 54.425°N 6.446°W / 54.425; -6.446Coordinates: 54°25′30″N 6°26′46″W / 54.425°N 6.446°W / 54.425; -6.446
Operations
Platforms in use 3
History
1842 Opened
1848 Moved to present location
1863 Returned to original location
1970 Returned to present location
2013 Refurbished
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Portadown railway station serves Portadown in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

History[edit]

The station, circa 1879.

The original Portadown station was sited half a mile east of the present station and opened on 12 September 1842, replacing a temporary station at Seagoe that had opened the preceding year. The Portadown station was moved to the present location in 1848 then reverted to its original site between 1863 and 1970. Goods traffic ceased on 4 January 1965.[1] The present station opened in 1970, replacing a large and largely redundant station.

At the time (1970) the station was called Portadown - Craigavon West, a title that was quietly dropped after the "new city" Craigavon failed to materialise. The lay-out of the 1970 station was modified in 1997 to allow bi-directional working on all three platforms. The lines to Cavan via Armagh (closed 1957), and Derry via Dungannon and Omagh (closed 1965) diverged immediately west of the present station.[2]

Portadown station in 1972.

Portadown is currently undergoing refurbishment, which is due to be completed in December 2013.

Lay-out[edit]

The station has three platforms. After the station upgrade being completed in late May 2013 both platform 1,2 and 3 have lifts and have disability access. Platform 3 is usually used for storage of a train but one departs from this platform the odd time

Service[edit]

This is the terminus for most services from Bangor or Belfast but there are 4 services which continue to Newry Mondays to Saturdays only. There is a half hourly service to Great Victoria Street, Belfast Central and Bangor. There is also a two hourly Enterprise service to Dublin Connolly or Belfast Central.

On Sundays there is an hourly service to Bangor and no NIR services at all to Newry, although five Enterprise services still operate between these two stations.

This line can be popular with rugby fans connecting at Dublin Connolly for the DART to Lansdowne Road. The line is also used by rail passengers changing at Dublin Connolly onto the DART to Dún Laoghaire for the Stena Line ferry to Holyhead, or travelling to Dublin Port for the Irish Ferries to Holyhead, and then by train along the North Wales Coast Line to London Euston and other destinations in England and Wales.

Preceding station NI Railways Northern Ireland Railways Following station
Lurgan   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Newry
  Terminus
or
Scarva
Belfast Central
or
Lisburn
or
Lurgan (Sundays only)
  Enterprise
Belfast-Dublin
  Newry
Historical railways
Lurgan
Line and station open
  Ulster Railway
Belfast-Portadown
  Terminus
Terminus   Portadown, Dungannon and
Omagh Junction Railway

Portadown-Omagh
  Annaghmore
Line and station closed
Terminus   Ulster Railway
Portadown-Clones
  Richhill
Line and station closed
Terminus   Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway
Portadown-Drogheda
  Tanderagee
Line open station closed

Future link to Armagh City[edit]

There is a possibility of re-opening of the line from Portadown to Armagh railway station.[3] Government Minister for the Department for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy MLA indicates railway restoration plans.[4]

Bus connections[edit]

Ulsterbus services operating from Portadown railway station:

47-Portadown-Lurgan

63-Newry-Portadown

75-Dungannon-Portadown

75A-Dungannon-Craigavon

61-Armagh-Portadown

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Portadown". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-08-28. 
  2. ^ Allen, Jonathan M (2003). 35 Years of N.I.R.: 1967 to 2002. Colourpoint Books. 
  3. ^ The Ulster Gazette. 16 May 2013
  4. ^ "Kennedy has hopes for Armagh line restoration - Portadown Times". Retrieved 2013-08-21. 

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