Templepatrick railway station

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Coordinates: 54°41′56″N 6°02′31″W / 54.699°N 6.042°W / 54.699; -6.042

Templepatrick
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CIE weed spraying train passing the remains of Templepatrick station in 1985
Location
Place Templepatrick
Area County Antrim
Operations
Original company Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Pre-grouping Belfast and Northern Counties Railway
Post-grouping Northern Ireland Railways
Platforms 1
History
11 April 1848 Station opens
21 February 1981 Station closes
Disused railway stations in the United Kingdom
Closed railway stations in Britain
A B C D–F G H–J K–L M–O P–R S T–V W–Z
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Templepatrick railway station served the village of Templepatrick in County Antrim on the Belfast-Derry railway line.

History[edit]

The station was opened in 1848 as part of the Belfast & Ballymena Railway, which would ultimately become part of the Northern Counties Committee group of lines owned by the LMS. Following the nationalisation of the railways, traffic on the line was reduced until eventually the route between Belfast and Londonderry was diverted via the Lisburn-Antrim railway line, with the stations on the old route, including Templepatrick, closed. Templepatrick was closed in 1981.[1]

Preceding station   NIR logo.svg Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Mossley   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry (until 1978)
  Antrim
  Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Antrim (1980)
 
  Proposed  
Mossley West   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Derry
  Antrim
Historical railways
Doagh   Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Belfast York Road-Ballymena
  Dunadry

Future[edit]

In 1994, Northern Ireland Railways gained funding approval for the restoration of the Bleach Green section of the Derry line, which would allow more direct services into the centre of Belfast. As part of this project, NIR planned to recommission two new stations, Mossley West and Templepatrick.[2] Mossley West opened in 2001, but as yet there has been no movement in a new station for Templepatrick. However, Translink, the public company responsible for public transport in Northern Ireland, has proposed to build a major transport interchange, featuring both a bus and railway station beside the M2 at Templepatrick. This would then potentially serve as a park and ride for towns and villages in the area of South Antrim.[3]

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