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Londonderry railway station

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Londonderry Railway Station

Waterside Railway Station
NI Railways
Londonderry Station 01.jpg
Londonderry Station frontage
Northern Ireland
Coordinates54°59′31″N 7°18′50″W / 54.992069°N 7.313788°W / 54.992069; -7.313788
Owned byNI Railways
Operated byNI Railways
Structure typeAt-grade
Previous namesLondonderry Waterside
Original companyLondonderry & Coleraine Railway
Pre-groupingBelfast & Northern Counties Railway, Midland Railway (Northern Counties Committee)
Post-groupingLondon Midland & Scottish (Northern Counties Committee)
Pre-nationalisationUlster Transport Authority, Northern Ireland Railways
Key dates
1874Relocated to second (current) station
1980Relocated to third station
2019Relocated to second station
Track layout
 Track & Platform Layout 
towards Belfast
The original Waterside station
The original Waterside station

Londonderry Railway Station, known commonly as Waterside Railway Station,[1][2][3] is a railway terminus in the city of Derry in Northern Ireland, on the east bank of the River Foyle. The station is also used by residents of the west of County Londonderry, much of west Tyrone and County Donegal. It is operated by Northern Ireland Railways. It serves the line to Belfast, with its service terminating at Belfast Great Victoria Street.


The original Londonderry Waterside Station was opened on 29 December 1852 by Steven Alfred John Campbell, a well-known banker of the time.[4] It was rebuilt into the current building by the Belfast & Northern Counties Railway in 1874.

Derry historically had four passenger termini. On the west side of the river, Graving Dock station served the Londonderry and Lough Swilly Railway and destinations to the west and Foyle Road station (which replaced the short-lived Cow Market station) served the Londonderry and Enniskillen Railway to Enniskillen via Strabane and Omagh. On the east side of the river, Victoria Road station served the alternative Donegal Railway Company (later Great Northern Railway) line to Strabane and Waterside station served the line to Belfast via the north coast. Although passenger trains terminated at these respective stations, all four railways were linked by freight lines through the city and the Craigavon Bridge.

As a result of a series of closures of the other lines, Waterside was the only station to have survived closure by 1965. Services were reduced and the track layout was severely rationalised. The line now consists of a single track with passing loops at Bellarena and Coleraine stations. The station name was changed to Londonderry, as the suffix Waterside became redundant upon closure of the city's two other railway termini. Although this is the station's official name and the one used on signs, the destination signs on Northern Ireland Railways trains read Derry/Londonderry.[5]

The 1980 station, in use until 2019.
The 1980 station, in use until 2019.

The station was damaged in two terrorist attacks in the 1970s forcing it to be closed on 24 February 1980. A third station of the same name replaced the larger terminus in 1980.

Prior to Derry becoming the inaugural UK City of Culture in 2013, the railway line was upgraded with relaid track, a track relay and sections of continuous welded rail [6]

In 2010, the Minister for Regional Development, Conor Murphy, mooted the possibility of building a new railway station that would connect the railway with a planned foot and cycle bridge across the Foyle, bringing it closer to the centre of the city.[7]

On 6 October 2016, Translink confirmed that the railway would be returning to the former BNCR Waterside station which will be used as a new transport hub for the city.[8] As part of this work, platform 2 was taken out of use in September 2018 and the block section to Bellarena converted to One Train Working operation. The 1980 station closed on 8 October 2019 to allow the completion of work on the new station on the former site just to the north.

The new station on the site of the old Waterside Station opened for rail traffic 21 October 2019. The 1980s station was demolished on 5 and 6 December 2019.


The station uses the former train shed as a waiting room, café, and ticket hall for NIR services to and from Coleraine and Belfast. Two platforms are provided one on the river side of the former train shed, the other approximately on the site of the old arrival platform, with a siding adjacent to it for stabling empty stock.

The site of the former departure platform, next to the riverside greenway is unoccupied.

View of the platforms
View of the platforms


From Mondays to Saturdays as of 2017, an hourly service operates to Belfast Great Victoria Street, reduced to every two hours on Sundays. Buses also serve the location which is being marketed as the North West Transport Hub.

Preceding station  
NIR logo.svg
Northern Ireland Railways
  Following station
Bellarena   Northern Ireland Railways
  Historical railways  
Line open, station closed
  Londonderry and Coleraine Railway

See also


  1. ^ Archived 21 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine[bare URL]
  2. ^ Archived 4 August 2012 at[bare URL]
  3. ^[bare URL]
  4. ^ "Londonderry Waterside station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 30 August 2007.
  5. ^ "All aboard". Jill Murray - Flickr. Archived from the original on 21 November 2015. Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  6. ^ ""Londonderry Line" Andy Milne, RailStaff, May 2012". Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 August 2014.
  7. ^ New Waterside rail station at Peace Bridge mooted Archived 4 August 2012 at - Londonderry Sentinel, 25/02/10
  8. ^ Translink. "McGuinness and Hazzard confirm Old Waterside Station as site for Derry transport hub - Translink". Archived from the original on 10 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.

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