Aarhus Central Station
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Aarhus Central Station (Danish: Aarhus Hovedbanegård, abbreviated Aarhus H) is the main railway station serving the city of Aarhus, Denmark. Serving as the main connecting hub for rail traffic between Aarhus and the rest of Denmark, the station is used by an average of 6.3 million people per year, making it the busiest station in Denmark outside the Copenhagen area. It is located in the city centre between the districts of Midtbyen and Frederiksbjerg with entrances from Banegårdspladsen and the shopping centre Bruun's Galleri, and with access to platforms from M.P. Bruuns Gade.
Front facade of Aarhus Central Station by night
It is a through station with 4 platforms. The station is located on the East Jutland railway, and is the terminus of the Grenaa Line and Odder Line. It offers international connections to Hamburg and Berlin, InterCity connections to Aalborg/Frederikshavn and Copenhagen, regional connections to the rest of Jutland as well as light rail services to Grenå and Odder. The train services are operated by DSB, Arriva and Deutsche Bahn.
The first railway station in Aarhus was built in 1862 near Ryesgade and served the Aarhus-Randers railway line. It was constructed by the civil engineering company Peto, Brassey and Betts, and encompassed administration buildings and railway works.
In 1884, a new and larger station building was constructed. The second station was built in Neo-Renaissance style by Thomas Arboe and William August Thulstrup and was possibly inspired by Bonn Central Station.
However, also this building turned out to be to small for the quickly developing city. The third and current Aarhus Central Station was built in 1927 by the Danish State Railway's architect K.T. Seest as a part of a plan of the whole area around the station.
The station itself houses a large ticket kiosk, public toilets, a McDonald's restaurant, two 7-Eleven's, and a couple of other shops, but the station building is also combined with a three-storey shopping centre (Bruun's Galleri) housing 93 stores, restaurants and cafés and a large underground car park. The upper deck of the groundfloor train station holds a shopping arcade (Bruuns Arkade) with more restaurants, and a two-storey bike parking facility.
The railway terminal has a flow of 13 million people per year.
Aarhus Light Rail with electric trams opened its first line from Aarhus Central Station in December 2017. It connects with Aarhus University Hospital (DNU) in Skejby. In 2018, a southward suburban rail line to Odder opened, and a northbound section to Grenaa is scheduled for 2019. More local expansions of the system are planned for the near future.
The following services currently call at the station:
- Intercity services Frederikshavn–Hjoerring–Aalborg–Aarhus–Fredericia–Odense–Copenhagen–Copenhagen Airport
- Regional services Aarhus–Horsens–Fredericia–Kolding–Esbjerg
- Regional services Herning–Silkeborg–Aarhus
- Local services Struer–Skive–Viborg–Aarhus
- Local services Skjern–Herning–Silkeborg–Aarhus
- Light rail/tramway Odder–Aarhus–Lisbjergskolen/Lystrup
- Future Light rail/tramway line (2019) Odder–Aarhus–Skødstrup–Ryomgård–Grenaa
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