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Waterford railway station (Plunkett Station, Irish: Phort Láirge Stáisiún Phluincéid) serves the city of Waterford in County Waterford, Ireland. The station is located across Rice Bridge on the north side of the city.

Waterford Plunkett

Phort Láirge Phluincéid
Iarnród Éireann
Waterford station.jpg
Waterford Plunkett railway station
LocationTerminus Street, Waterford, County Waterford, X91 A2PV
Republic of Ireland
Coordinates52°15′58″N 7°07′01″W / 52.266°N 7.117°W / 52.266; -7.117Coordinates: 52°15′58″N 7°07′01″W / 52.266°N 7.117°W / 52.266; -7.117
Owned byIarnród Éireann
Operated byIarnród Éireann
Platforms3
Construction
Structure typeAt-grade
Other information
Station codeWFORD
Fare zoneN
Limerick–Rosslare
Year
closed
Limerick Colbert
2009
Killonan
1963
Boher
1963
Dromkeen
1976
Pallas
Oola
1963
Limerick Junction
Tipperary
Bansha
1963
Cahir
Clonmel
1967
Kilsheelan
1963
Carrick-on-Suir
Fiddown and Portlaw
1855
Grange
1963
Mallow–Waterford line
1967
Waterford West goods yard
Waterford Plunkett
1995
Campile
2010
Ballycullane
2010
Wellingtonbridge
2010
Duncormick
1976
Bridgetown
2010
Killinick
1976
to Felthouse Junct. on Dublin–Rosslare Line
1918
Rosslare Strand
Kilrane
1963
Rosslare Europort

There are two bays at the west end of the station. These are platform 5 and 6 respectively. The main platform is quite long and due to a crossover it can be operated as two platforms if necessary. The eastern end is platform 3, the western end being platform 4. A large signal cabin is situated across the running lines. The station area is still currently[when?] controlled by semaphore signals.

ServicesEdit

The station is a significant interchange. It is the terminus for InterCity services from Dublin Heuston and InterCity services from Limerick Junction. Travel to Limerick Junction provides onward connections to Cork, Killarney, Tralee, Limerick, Ennis, Athenry and Galway.

There are seven daily trains in each direction between Waterford - Dublin Mondays to Saturdays inclusive. One extra Dublin to Waterford train runs Friday only and one extra Waterford to Dublin train runs Friday and Saturday only. On Sundays there are four trains each way. The fastest of these trains being the 07.10 Waterford - Dublin which completes the journey in exactly 1 hour and 48 minutes. [1]

There are two trains each way between Waterford - Limerick Junction Mondays to Saturdays inclusive. There is no Sunday service on this line.[2] Until 19 January 2013 (inclusive) there were three trains each way. However, the late-morning Waterford to Limerick Junction and early-afternoon Limerick Junction to Waterford trains are now discontinued.[3]


Preceding station     Iarnród Éireann   Following station
Thomastown   InterCity
Dublin-Waterford
  Terminus
Carrick-on-Suir   InterCity
Limerick Junction-Waterford
  Terminus
Disused railways
Carrick on Suir   InterCity
Limerick-Rosslare
  Campile
Grange   Great Southern and Western Railway
Limerick-Rosslare railway line
  Campile

Rail replacement bus to Rosslare EuroportEdit

Until 18 September 2010 (inclusive), there was one daily return train between Waterford and Rosslare, after which time passenger trains on the line were suspended. The rail service was replaced by a revised Bus Éireann Route 370 service from Monday 20 September 2010. However, the replacement bus service does not serve the railway station, the nearest stop being the bus station a walk of several minutes.[4]

FacilitiesEdit

The station has a booking office, ticket vending machines, shop, waiting areas, toilets and a car park.[5]

FreightEdit

The station is directly rail connected to Waterford Port (Belview). A freight yard is located at the Dublin/Limerick end of the station, served by freight traffics such as cement and timber which travel to and from Dublin Port and Ballina.[6]

HistoryEdit

The station opened on 26 August 1864 as Waterford North.[7] It was renamed Plunkett on 10 April 1966 in commemoration of Joseph Plunkett, one of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising of 1916.

Future DevelopmentEdit

As part of the Waterford North Quay SDZ Scheme the present station will be closed and a new station opened on the North Quays. The new station will be part of a "Transport Hub" with bus station and other transport infrastructure. A new sustainable transport bridge (bus, cycle and pedestrian bridge) will link the transport hub to the other side of river/Waterford city centre. [8]

StatisticsEdit

Year Daily Passenger Exit and Entry Change [9]
2012 937 NA
2013 482   455
2014 990   508
2015 868   122
2016 867   1 [10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.irishrail.ie/media/04_dublin-waterford_25052015.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.irishrail.ie/media/12_waterfordclonmellimk_valid_from_20.11.2016.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.irishrail.ie/cat_news.jsp?i=4758&p=116&n=237
  4. ^ http://www.buseireann.ie/pdf/1284376415-370.pdf
  5. ^ http://www.irishrail.ie/Waterford%20(Plunkett) Irish Rail Waterford Station Website
  6. ^ http://www.irishrail.ie/freight Iarnród Éireann Freight
  7. ^ "Waterford station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
  8. ^ http://www.waterfordcouncil.ie/media/planning/waterford-sdz/North-Quay-SDZ-Digital.pdf
  9. ^ https://fe49d9ec8511d2dc0553-f8f415f79bf5d37d632aa2f721fb6d7c.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Heavy_Rail_Census_2016_Full_Report.pdf
  10. ^ https://www.nationaltransport.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/NTA_Rail_Census_Report_2017_FINAL.pdf

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