Lanyon Place railway station

Belfast Lanyon Place (formerly Belfast Central) is a railway station serving the city of Belfast in Northern Ireland. Located on Bridge Street in the Laganside area of central Belfast, it is one of four stations in the city centre, the others being Great Victoria Street, City Hospital and Botanic. Lanyon Place is the northern terminus of the cross-border Enterprise service to Dublin Connolly. It is also served by Northern Ireland Railways, which operates routes to other locations in Northern Ireland, including Derry, Bangor, Portadown and Larne.

Lanyon Place
NI Railways
Station Building.
General information
Other namesBelfast Central
LocationEast Bridge Street, Belfast
Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°35′43″N 5°55′02″W / 54.5953°N 5.9172°W / 54.5953; -5.9172
Owned byNI Railways
Operated byNI Railways
Tracks4 (at platforms)
5 (total)
Structure typeAt-grade
Key dates
1976Opened as Belfast Central
2018Renamed "Lanyon Place"
Lanyon Place is located in Northern Ireland
Lanyon Place
Lanyon Place
Location within Northern Ireland

Description edit

There are two island platforms at Lanyon Place, each serving two tracks, capable of accommodating trains up to nine coaches long on each side. Platform 1 is usually only used at peak hours, as well as for special services run by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland. Platform 2 is the Enterprise platform. Platform 3 is the 'southbound platform', normally used for trains to Great Victoria Street, Portadown, Lisburn and Newry, with Platform 4 being the 'northbound platform' for trains along the Derry, Larne and Bangor lines.

Regular services also operate between Lanyon Place and the city's other main station, Great Victoria Street which is located nearer Belfast's city centre.

2.6 million people used the station in 2017.[1]

History edit

The station was opened as "Belfast Central" on Monday 26 April 1976,[2] despite it being located further from Belfast city centre than Great Victoria Street station. The first station manager was Mr John Johnston.

By the 1990s, it became clear that the station's facilities were in need of upgrading. A major refurbishment programme started in 2000 and was completed in 2003.[3]

In February 2018, Translink announced that Belfast Central would undergo a face-lift. This would see the entrance hall and East Bridge Street façade completely redesigned, with the removal of the Troubles-era blast wall. Inside, the ticket hall would be rebuilt and new retail and dining facilities provided. A Belfast Bikes dock will also be included in the redesigned station.[1]

As part of the redesign, Belfast Central was renamed Lanyon Place on 1 September 2018. This is despite the fact that, strictly speaking, the station is not located there but on East Bridge Street.

The Enterprise will move from Lanyon Place to the new Belfast Grand Central Station integrated transport hub once that project is completed.[4]

Service edit

Main hall of Belfast Central (prior to refurbishment as Lanyon Place)
Train departing from Lanyon Place
NIR Class 3000 (C3K) train in Lanyon Place

Newry–Belfast–Bangor line edit

From Monday to Saturday, there is a half hourly service from Bangor to Portadown, with some trains continuing on to Newry. During peak times there are up to 6 trains per hour operating to Bangor with 3 being express services and the other half being slow services stopping at all stations between here and Bangor. The service is reduced to hourly operation in the evenings. Some early morning trains in either direction will terminate at or start from Great Victoria Street rather than continuing on through Belfast to the respective outlying terminus.

On Sundays, the service is hourly operating between Bangor and Portadown. There are no local services calling at stations between Portadown and Newry on Sundays.

Larne line edit

Inbound Larne Line services run half-hourly to Great Victoria Street. Outbound services run half-hourly on an alternating basis to either Whitehead or on to Larne Harbour. Extra services at peak times run to Carrickfergus, and some early morning and late night inbound trains terminate here.

At weekends, the service still runs half-hourly on Saturdays on the same alternating pattern to Whitehead or Larne Harbour. On Sundays, the service reduces to hourly operation, with the outbound terminus alternating every hour as before.

Derry~Londonderry line edit

All Derry~Londonderry Line trains call at Lanyon Place. During the week, the service runs hourly in each direction between Great Victoria Street and Derry~Londonderry or Coleraine on an alternating basis.

On Saturdays, the service is slightly reduced, however operation remains much the same as during the week. On Sundays, the hourly service alternately runs to Derry~Londonderry and Portrush.

Dublin line edit

There is an Enterprise train service every two hours between Dublin Connolly and Lanyon Place with the service being reduced to five trains each way on Sundays. 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 example or travelling to Dublin Port for the Irish Ferries or Stena Line to Holyhead, and then by train along the North Wales Coast Line to London Euston and other destinations in England and Wales.

Preceding station     Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Terminus   Enterprise
Lisburn (Sundays only)
Botanic   Northern Ireland Railways
  Northern Ireland Railways
Botanic   Northern Ireland Railways
  Northern Ireland Railways
  Titanic Quarter

Rail and Sea Connections edit

Port of Belfast edit

The Port of Belfast has a Stena Line ferry connecting to Cairnryan for the bus link[5] to Stranraer and onward trains along the Glasgow South Western Line to Glasgow Central.

Preceding station   Ferry   Following station
Stranraer Harbour
(via bus link from Cairnryan[5])
  Stena Line
  Port of Belfast
(nearest stations Yorkgate, Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street)
Liverpool   Stena Line
  Port of Belfast
(nearest stations Yorkgate, Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street)
Douglas   Isle of Man Steam Packet
  Port of Belfast
(nearest stations Yorkgate, Lanyon Place and Great Victoria Street)
Stranraer Harbour
(via bus link from Cairnryan[5])
  P&O Ferries
  Larne Harbour

Port of Larne edit

The Larne line connects with Larne Harbour with P&O Ferries sailing to Cairnryan for the bus link[5] to Stranraer and onward trains along the Glasgow South Western Line to Glasgow Central, as well as alternative sailings by P&O Ferries to Troon also on the Glasgow South Western Line to Glasgow Central.

References edit

  1. ^ "Central 1". IRRS. Archived from the original on 11 June 2008. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  2. ^ "Central 2". Translink. Archived from the original on 18 August 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2008.
  3. ^ UK, DVV Media. "Belfast Transport Hub planning underway". Railway Gazette. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2013.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)