Portadown railway station

Portadown Railway Station serves the town of Portadown in County Armagh, Northern Ireland.

Portadown
NI Railways
Portadown Railway Station Plaform 2 (on the left) and 3 (on the right) in December 2014
General information
LocationPortadown
Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°25′30″N 6°26′46″W / 54.425°N 6.446°W / 54.425; -6.446
Owned byNI Railways
Operated byNI Railways
Line(s)Newry/Portadown (1) Dublin-Belfast Mainline
Platforms3
Tracks3
Train operatorsNI Railways, Iarnród Éireann
Bus routes5
Bus stands1
Bus operatorsUlsterbus
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Architect1862: John MacNeill[1]
Other information
Station codePDOWN
Fare zone3[2]
Websitetranslink.co.uk
History
Previous namesPortadown - Craigavon West
Key dates
1842Opened
1848Moved to present location
1863Returned to original location
1970Returned to present location
2013Refurbished
Passengers
2022/23Increase 925,721[3]
2023/24Increase 1,141,174 [4]
Route map
Belfast–Dublin Main Line
Year
closed
Belfast Lanyon Place NI Railways
Botanic NI Railways
City Hospital NI Railways
City Junction
to Belfast Great Victoria Street
Adelaide NI Railways
Balmoral NI Railways
Finaghy NI Railways
M1
Dunmurry NI Railways
Derriaghy NI Railways
Lambeg NI Railways
Hilden NI Railways
Lisburn NI Railways
Knockmore
2005
Maze
1974
Broomhedge Halt
1973
Damhead Halt
1973
Moira NI Railways
M1
Pritchards Bridge
1844
Lurgan NI Railways
Goodyear Halt
1983
Seagoe
1842
Portadown NI Railways
1957
Tanderagee
1965
Scarva NI Railways
Acton Crossing
1954
Poyntzpass NI Railways
Augheranter Crossing
1954
Knockarney Crossing
1965
1955
Goraghwood
1965
to Warrenpoint
1965
Mullaghglass
1901
Newry NI Railways Dublin Suburban Rail
Wellington Inn
1852
Adavoyle
1933
Mt. Pleasant
1965
M1
Dundalk Clarke
Dublin Suburban Rail
Dundalk Junct. station
1894
1957
Castlebellingham
1976
1975
Dromin Junction
1975
Dunleer
1984
Newfoundwell
Drogheda MacBride
Dublin Suburban Rail
Laytown
Dublin Suburban Rail
Laytown Viaduct
Mosney
2000
Gormanston
Dublin Suburban Rail
Balbriggan
Dublin Suburban Rail
Ardgillan
1867
Skerries
Dublin Suburban Rail
Skerries Golf Club Halt
1960
Baldongan
1847
Rush and Lusk
Dublin Suburban Rail
Rogerstown Viaduct
Donabate
Dublin Suburban Rail
Malahide
Dublin Suburban Rail
Portmarnock
Dublin Suburban Rail
Clongriffin
Dublin Suburban Rail
Baldoyle
1852
Howth Junction
& Donaghmede
Dublin Suburban Rail
Kilbarrack
Dublin Area Rapid Transit
Raheny
Dublin Area Rapid Transit
Harmonstown
Dublin Area Rapid Transit
Killester
Dublin Area Rapid Transit
Clontarf
1956
Clontarf Road
Dublin Area Rapid Transit
North Wall Yard
to Alexandra Road
Docklands
Dublin Suburban Rail
Dublin Connolly
Luas
Trans-Dublin Line
& Rosslare Line
Dublin Suburban Rail#Northern Commuter = Northern Commuter
Belfast–Newry line#Newry/Portadown Line = Newry/Portadown Line
Location
Portadown is located in Northern Ireland
Portadown
Portadown
Location within Northern Ireland
Map

The station is located on the Belfast-Dublin railway line. The original station opened in 1842, and the present station opened in 1970. It is currently NI Railways 6th busiest station with over 1.1 million passengers in the 2023/24 financial year [4]

History

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The station, c. 1879.

The original Portadown station was sited half a mile east of the present station and opened on 12 September 1842, replacing a temporary station at Seagoe that had opened the preceding year. The Portadown station was moved to the present location in 1848 then reverted to its original site between 1863 and 1970. Goods traffic ceased on 4 January 1965. The present station opened in 1970, replacing a large and largely redundant station.

At the time (1970) the station was called Portadown - Craigavon West, a title that was quietly dropped after the "new city" Craigavon failed to materialise. The layout of the 1970 station was modified in 1997 to allow bi-directional working on all three platforms. The lines to Cavan via Armagh (closed 1957), and Derry via Dungannon and Omagh (closed 1965) diverged immediately west of the present station.[5]

 
Portadown's new station in 1970

In 2012, work began on a major refurbishment of the station. A new, modern building was constructed and a footbridge replaced the subway. The refurbishment was completed in 2013.[6]

Layout

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The station has three platforms. After the station upgrade being completed in late May 2013 both platforms 1, 2 and 3 have lifts and have disability access. Platform 3 is usually used for storage of a NIR train but one departs from this platform occasionally towards Belfast. Platform 1 Is for all trains south, to destinations such Dublin Connolly, Dundalk Clarke and Newry while Plaform 2 and 3 are used for Belfast & Bangor bound services, both Express and stopppers.

Service

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This is the terminus for most services from Bangor or Belfast but there are 4 services which continue to Newry Mondays to Saturdays only. There is a half-hourly service to Belfast Lanyon Place and Bangor. There is a two hourly Enterprise service to Dublin Connolly or Belfast Lanyon Place. On Sundays there is an hourly service to Bangor and no NIR services at all to Newry, although five Enterprise services still operate between these two stations.

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
  Current Services  
Lurgan   Northern Ireland Railways
Belfast-Newry
  Terminus
or
Scarva
Belfast Lanyon Place
or
Lurgan

(Sundays only)

  Enterprise

Belfast-Dublin

  Newry
  Future Services  
Belfast Grand Central
or
Lurgan

(Sundays only)

  Enterprise

Belfast-Dublin

  Newry
  Proposed Services  
Terminus   All-Island Strategic Rail Review
Mullingar-Portadown Line
  Armagh
Terminus   All-Island Strategic Rail Review
Derry-Portadown Line
  Dungannon
  Historical railways  
Lurgan
Line and station open
  Ulster Railway
Belfast-Portadown
  Terminus
Terminus   Portadown, Dungannon and
Omagh Junction Railway

Portadown-Omagh
  Annaghmore
Line and station closed
Terminus   Ulster Railway
Portadown-Clones
  Richhill
Line and station closed
Terminus   Dublin and Belfast Junction Railway
Portadown-Drogheda
  Tanderagee
Line open station closed

Future

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There is a possibility of re-opening of the line from Portadown to Armagh railway station.[7] Government Minister for the Department for Regional Development, Danny Kennedy MLA indicates railway restoration plans.[8]

The Armagh railway line has been listed in proposed plans to reopen the line.[9]

All-Island Rail Review

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The all-island rail review draft suggested that Portadown become a major interchange between the current Dublin-Belfast Main line, proposed lines such as the single tracked Mullingar-Portadown Line via Armagh, Monaghan, Clones, and Cavan and the dual tracked Derry~Londonderry-Portadown Line via Dungannon, Omagh and Strabane. Portadown would also become an inland freight terminal serving connections to Rosslare Europort, Dublin Port and Larne Harbour.

The All-Island Rail Review draft also includes 29 other recommendations for railways across the Island of Ireland and it is said that it will take a least 25 years to competed. It would cost in the range of €36.8bn/£30.7bn (as of 2023) and be split between both regions. 75% by the Republic of Ireland and 25% by Northern Ireland. [10][11]

No plans as of May 2024, have gone about implementing this review.

Bus connections

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Translink's Ulsterbus and Goldliner services operating from just outside Portadown railway station:[12]

Preceding station   Ulsterbus   Following station
Portadown
Church Street
  Ulsterbus
61 Armagh-Portadown
  Seagoe
Craigavon Area Hospital
Terminus   Ulsterbus
75 Portadown - Dungannon
  Portadown
High Street
Portadown
High Street
  Ulsterbus
75a Dungannon - Craigavon Hospital
  The Birches
Roundabout
Terminus   Ulsterbus
65 Portadown - Loughgall - Armagh
  Portadown
Church Street
Preceding station   Goldline   Following station
Lurgan
Loughview Park & Ride Lough Road
  Goldline
271 Belfast - Cavan
  Richhill
Village
Lurgan
Loughview Park & Ride Lough Road
  Goldline
251 Belfast - Armagh
  Richhill
Village
Lurgan
Loughview Park & Ride Lough Road
  Goldline
251a Belfast - Armagh
  Richhill
Village
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References

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  1. ^ "1862 Railway Station". archiseek.com. archiseek. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  2. ^ "iLink Zone information". translink.co.uk. Translink. Retrieved 1 November 2023.
  3. ^ "NIR Footfall 22-23". Whatdotheyknow. 17 April 2023. Archived from the original on 2 June 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  4. ^ a b "FOI Footfall 2023 2024 figures PDF.pdf". www.whatdotheyknow.com. 7 May 2024. Archived from the original on 2 June 2024. Retrieved 30 May 2024.
  5. ^ Allen, Jonathan M (2003). 35 Years of N.I.R.: 1967 to 2002. Colourpoint Books.
  6. ^ "Translink leads the way in sustainable station development - Global Railway Review". Global Railway Review. 4 December 2013. Archived from the original on 2 June 2024. Retrieved 11 September 2020.
  7. ^ The Ulster Gazette. 16 May 2013
  8. ^ "Kennedy has hopes for Armagh line restoration - Portadown Times". Archived from the original on 21 August 2013. Retrieved 21 August 2013.
  9. ^ "New lines proposed in Northern Ireland rail plan". railjournal.com. 3 May 2014. Archived from the original on 2 June 2024.
  10. ^ "PDF.js viewer" (PDF). www.gov.ie. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 June 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  11. ^ "Rail review recommends reviving old tracks and raising top train speeds". BreakingNews.ie. 25 July 2023. Archived from the original on 2 June 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
  12. ^ "Translink". www.translink.co.uk. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2 June 2024. Retrieved 5 February 2024.
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