Newry railway station
Newry railway station (Irish: Stáisiún Iúr Cinn Trá) serves Newry and Bessbrook in Northern Ireland. The station is to the northwest of Newry city in County Armagh on the Cross Border line close to the 18-arch, 126 ft (38 m) high Craigmore Viaduct.
Newry station in August 2016
Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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|1855||Opened as Newry Main Line|
|1942||Closed as Bessbrook|
|1984||Re-opened as Newry|
|2009||New station building opened|
The station originally opened in 1855 as Newry Main Line, renamed Bessbrook & Newry Main Line in 1866, renamed again as Bessbrook in 1880 before closing in 1942. It was re-opened in 1984 as an NIR Intercity station, with basic facilities such as a temporary booking office. These facilities remained in place for over 20 years from the station's opening by which time their condition was declining. In order to improve facilities for passengers a modern new station building was constructed and opened on 7 September 2009
The station is a calling point on the Enterprise express service, which operates between Belfast Central and Dublin Connolly. These trains call at Newry for both destinations at two-hour intervals throughout the day. The station experiences favourable passenger numbers from this service. There are also four trains to and from Bangor, operated by Northern Ireland Railways.
On Sundays, there are five Enterprise trains in each direction, and no NIR services at all.
Additionally, two peak time services are operated to and from Newry by Iarnród Éireann, with the first one being the 06:30 service to Dublin Connolly, calling at Commuter stations between Newry and Dublin Connolly except Gormanston, Portmarnock, Clongriffin, and Howth Junction. The first peak service to Newry started in January 2018, with the 17:13 service from Dublin Pearse being extended to Newry from Dundalk.
Train frequencies from Newry are likely to improve if plans to introduce an hourly service on the Enterprise become a reality. At this time such plans are merely speculative and it is unclear if such a service would serve Newry every hour, or if they would operate non-stop between Dublin and Belfast.
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The Enterprise 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 and Bray 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.
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