Lurgan railway station

Lurgan railway station serves Lurgan in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. Located on William Street. The station is managed by NI Railways. With just under 867,000 passengers boarding or alighting at the station in the year 2023/24 financial year, Lurgan is the 9th-busiest station on the NIR network.[6]

Lurgan
NI Railways
Commuter rail & Intercity rail
Lurgan Station in its current 1970s look.
General information
LocationLurgan
County Armagh
Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°28′01″N 6°20′17″W / 54.467°N 6.338°W / 54.467; -6.338
Owned byTranslink (Northern Ireland)
Operated byNI Railways
Line(s)Newry/Portadown (1) Dublin-Belfast Mainline
Platforms2
Tracks2
Train operatorsNI Railways, Iarnród Éireann
Bus routesUlsterbus Town Services / 352[1]
Bus stands1
Bus operatorsUlsterbus
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Parking124 spaces[2]
Bicycle facilitiesSpaces Available
AccessibleStep free access? - Yes, via level crossing
ArchitectWilliam H. Mills
Other information
StatusOperational
Station codeLURGN
Fare zone3[3]
Websitetranslink.co.uk
History
ElectrifiedNever
Previous namesCraigavon East - Lurgan
Original companyUlster Railway
Post-groupingGreat Northern Railway (Ireland)
Key dates
1841Station opened
1890sStation Rebuilt[4]
1972Original Station Building Destroyed in Bomb attack.
2024-2025The 1970's Station planned to be redeveloped.
Passengers
2022/23672,777 [5]
2023/24Increase 866,717 [6]
Location
Lurgan is located in Northern Ireland
Lurgan
Lurgan
Location within Northern Ireland
Map

History

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Lurgan railway station (GNRI Style) - 1968

The station opened on 18 November 1841 by the Ulster Railway.[7] Following the merger of the Ulster Railway to the new company Great Northern Railway. The station was rebuilt in 1897 designed by William H. Mills to reflect the new Great Northern Railway's style.[8] After GNRI was liquidated in 1958 ownership of the station fell on the newly formed Ulster Transport Authority, then temporarily became Ulster Transport Railways (UTR) before being taken over by Northern Ireland Railways (NIR) in 1968. It briefly known as "Craigavon East" for a time back in the 1970s. On 22 July 1972, the original Great Northern Railway station building was destroyed by a paramilitary bomb, and subsequently the current station building was erected.[8][9]

Railway station

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The layout of the railway station nowadays is a side platform. Trains to the north and east, such as those to Bangor and Belfast Lanyon Place, are served by Platform 2, while trains to the south and west, such as those to Portadown, Newry, and Dublin Connolly station, are served by Platform 1. Additionally, there is a level crossing with the A76 (M1 to Lurgan town road) to the east of the station. The station has two entrances, one on either side of the street. Additionally, it has a staffed ticket office, plenty of seating, covered footbridge and toilets.

Service

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Train Services

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Mondays to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service towards Portadown or Newry in one direction and to Lisburn, Botanic, Belfast Lanyon Place and Bangor in the other. Extra services run at peak times, and the service reduces to hourly operation in the evenings.

On Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction. There is also a Sunday-only Enterprise service with one morning train to Dublin Connolly.

Preceding station     Northern Ireland Railways   Following station
Moira   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Newry
  Portadown
Lisburn   Enterprise
Belfast-Dublin
(Sundays only)
 
  Historical railways  
Pritchard's Bridge
Line open, station closed
  Ulster Railway
Belfast-Seagoe
  Seagoe
Line open, station closed
  Ulster Railway
Belfast-Portadown
  Portadown
Line and station open

Bus Services

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Mondays to Saturdays there is 4 Ulsterbus Town Services operating on the William Street road outside the station. On Sundays there is no services and some morning services only operate on School days.[10] Some routes operate on an hourly service and others operate on a bihourly schedule.

Preceding station   Ulsterbus   Following station
Terminus   Ulsterbus
Town services 352a
  Annaloist
McAlindens Corner
Terminus   Ulsterbus
Town Services 352b
  Lurgan
Avenue Road
Terminus   Ulsterbus
Town Services 352c
  Lurgan
Drumnamoe
Terminus   Ulsterbus
Town Services 352c
  Lurgan
Taghnevan Drive
 
Front entrance of Lurgan railway station

Redevelopment of the Site

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On 25 October 2023, Translink the parent company of the operator of Lurgan Railway Station NI Railways, submitted a Proposal of Application Notice to ABC Council (Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council). The Plans included demolishing the current 1960s station and adjacent abandoned Musgrave Marketplace to replace it with a new "Railway Passenger Facility". This will include a new station building, a new park and ride facility, shelters on both platforms and a bike/pedestrian bridge connecting both platforms. Work is expected to cost around £20 million and a scheduled completion date of 2024.[11][12][13]

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References

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  1. ^ "Lurgan Town Service". Translink. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  2. ^ "Lurgan Train Station". parkopedia.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  3. ^ "iLink Zone information". translink.co.uk. Translink. Archived from the original on 8 November 2023. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  4. ^ "1897- Railway Station, Lurgan, Co. Armagh". Archiseek. April 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  5. ^ "FOI1317 NIR Footfall 2223.xlsx". www.whatdotheyknow.com. 17 April 2023. Archived from the original on 31 October 2023. Retrieved 16 October 2023.
  6. ^ a b "FOI Footfall 2023 2024 figures PDF.pdf". www.whatdotheyknow.com. 7 May 2024. Retrieved 30 May 2024.
  7. ^ "Archiseek - Irish Architecture - 1897 - Railway Station, Lurgan, Co. Armagh". 1 April 2014. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  8. ^ a b "Geograph:: Lurgan railway station - 1968 © The Carlisle Kid". geograph.ie. Archived from the original on 25 February 2022. Retrieved 28 December 2023.
  9. ^ "Geograph:: Lurgan railway station - 1968 © the Carlisle Kid".
  10. ^ "Timetables". translink.co.uk. Retrieved 2 January 2024.
  11. ^ "Lurgan train station redevelopment plan takes a step forward". Yahoo Finance. 29 October 2023. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  12. ^ "Microsoft Start". MSN. Archived from the original on 3 November 2023. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  13. ^ "MSN". MSN. Archived from the original on 31 January 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
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