Heuston railway station
Heuston Station (// HEW-stən; Irish: Stáisiún Heuston; formerly Kingsbridge Station) also known as Dublin Heuston, is one of Ireland's main railway stations, linking the capital with the south, southwest and west. It is operated by Iarnród Éireann (IÉ), the national railway operator. It also houses the head office of its parent company - Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ). The station is named in honour of Seán Heuston, an executed leader of the 1916 Easter Rising, who had worked in the station's offices.
The station in late 2006
|Location||St John's Road West|
|Owned by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Operated by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Bus operators||Dublin Bus|
|Connections||Luas Red Line|
|Architect||Sancton Wood (terminal)|
John MacNeill (train shed)
|Fare zone||Suburban 1|
|Opened||4 August 1846|
|Original company||Great Southern and Western Railway|
|Pre-grouping||Great Southern and Western Railway|
|Post-grouping||Great Southern Railways|
|1846||Station opened as Kingsbridge Station|
|1966||Renamed as Heuston Station|
|1998, 2004 and 2005||Station refurbished and partially rebuilt|
Dublin to Cork
Luas Red Line
The station opened on 4 August 1846 as the terminus and headquarters of the Great Southern and Western Railway (GS&WR). It was originally called Kingsbridge Station after the nearby Kings Bridge over the River Liffey. In 1966, on the 50th anniversary of the Easter Rising, it was renamed "Heuston Station" in honour of Seán Heuston, a young railway worker who commanded a nearby post in the 1916 Easter Rising. Heuston was one of the 16 executed by the British after that Rising, and had previously worked in the station's offices.
When first constructed the station had only two platforms separated by 5 carriage lines. Two of the lines were subsequently replaced by a two-sided platform and the remaining carriage line also removed. An additional platform was created in 1872 on the south side of the station beyond the station roof, this was known as the "military platform" and was intended that military personnel could be kept separate from the rest of the station. Due to the need to cater for increased demand and reduce delays, three new platforms were incorporated in August 2002 as part of a €170,000,000 development incorporating improved signalling and approach track-work.
Since its renewal (by Quinn Savage Smyth architects and engineers Buro Happold) it includes two branches of Eason's, a Marks & Spencer Simply Food store, as well as some dining facilities, including a Supermacs and a pub.
A maintenance depot at the Inchicore railway works is located approximately three kilometres (two miles) away and, as with Heuston Station itself, was also opened in 1846.
InterCity services from Heuston go to and from Cork, Limerick, Waterford, Galway, Mayo, and Kerry.
All services leave the station on a triple line as far as Inchicore, quadruple line until Hazelhatch, and thereafter only double line (one each way).
Heuston is the terminus for the main line to Cork, and there are key service and transfer points in the Cork-bound direction at:
- Kildare (for stations on the Waterford line)
- Portarlington (for routes to the west via Tullamore and Athlone)
- Portlaoise (end of commuter services from Heuston)
- Ballybrophy (junction for stations on the Limerick-Ballybrophy railway line),
- Limerick Junction (for transfer to Limerick and Ennis services, and Waterford via Clonmel)
- Mallow (junction for Killarney and Tralee, and the start of Cork commuter services).
Links to other main railway stations
Before 2016, the physical rail link between Connolly Station and Heuston via the Phoenix Park Tunnel was usually only used for freight and rolling stock movements. Once or twice a year special trains operated, usually from Cork to Connolly for Gaelic Athletic Association matches at Croke Park. A more regular service along this route began on 21 November 2016.
The Luas light rail red line connects the two stations (apart from off-peak Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays). Dublin Bus has a direct service to Connolly, but this operates as a special service for Dublin Airport so fares are not at commuter level.
There are nine platforms: eight terminal platforms and one through platform. Platform 1 is an extension to Platform 2, and reachable only via that platform. Prior to Heuston's 2002-2004 upgrade, there were five terminal platforms.
The through platform is numbered Platform 10 and is situated on the Phoenix Park Tunnel line, which connects to Connolly Station. There is no platform nine. Platform 10 is some distance from the main concourse and is not used for any regularly scheduled trains.
Other plans, first published in the 1970s, suggested that a proposed DART Underground project would link underground stations at Heuston and Pearse Street via a tunnel. As of 2015, these plans were subject to review, and as of mid-2018, the DART Underground project was not funded.
|Years||Daily Passenger Boardings and Alightings||Change|
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The [CIÉ] books of account are kept in Heuston Station, Dublin 8 [..] Secretary of the Board [..] Heuston Station, Dublin 8
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Iarnrod Éireann is planning four new platforms for Heuston Station [..] The four new platforms will be added to the existing five
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the Dart Underground, previously known as the Interconnector [was] Originally conceived of in the 1972 Transportation in Dublin plan
- "DART Underground Webpage". irishrail.ie. Irish Rail. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015.
- DART Expansion Programme Business Case (PDF) (Report). Irish Rail. 24 April 2015. p. 46.
On the basis of the issues raised [in 2008] during the design review, Iarnród Éireann [instead proposed] extending DART Underground to terminate within CIÉ lands at Inchicore as opposed to Heuston Station
- "Office plan scrapped to facilitate shelved Dart Underground". irishtimes.com. Irish Times. 5 June 2018. Retrieved 8 August 2018.
the [DART Underground] project having been shelved by the Government [in 2011, does] not have government funding [and] was not included in the 10-year National Development Plan published earlier [in 2018]
- "Rail Census 2012" (PDF). nationaltransport.ie. 2013. p. 16.
Boardings Heuston 8,650 [..] Alightings Heuston 8,098
- "Rail Census 2013" (PDF). 2014. p. 21. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 October 2017.
Table 10 Top ten stations by the number of boardings and alightings, 2013 and rank in 2012 [..] Boardings [..] Heuston 3. 8,662 (3) [..] Alightings [..] Heuston 3. 8,919 (3)
- "Rail Census 2014" (PDF). nationaltransport.ie. 2015. p. 15.
Heuston (3) 9,394 [..] Heuston (3) 9,273
- "National Heavy Rail Census 2015" (PDF). nationaltransport.ie. p. 19. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2017.
- "National Heavy Rail Census Report 2016" (PDF). nationaltransport.ie. 2017. p. 21.
Top 10 stations by number of boardings and alightings, 2016 (and rank in 2015) [..] Boardings [..] Heuston (-) 9,537 [..] Alightings [..] Heuston (-) 10,007
- "National Heavy Rail Census 2017" (PDF). nationaltransport.ie. 2018. p. 19.
Top 10 stations by number of boardings and alightings, 2017 (and rank in 2016) [..] Boardings [..] Heuston (-) 10,700 [..] Alightings [..] Heuston (-) 11,596
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