Ballymena railway station
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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
|Owned by||NI Railways|
|Operated by||NI Railways|
|11 April 1848||Original station opened|
|4 December 1855||Station relocated|
|1981||Current station opened|
Ballymena railway station serves the Ballymena area in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is located just outside Ballymena town centre on the Galgorm Road, and is integrated with the local bus station. It is situated on the Derry line between Antrim and Cullybackey. The station is operated by Northern Ireland Railways.
The first station in Ballymena opened on 11 April 1848 by the Belfast and Ballymena Railway. This initial station was rebuilt and relocated on 4 December 1855 when the Ballymena, Ballymoney, Coleraine and Portrush Junction Railway extended the line northwards.
At one time, there were several other stations in the Ballymena area, however the only other one which survives to this day is Cullybackey.
- Ballymena, Cushendall and Red Bay Railway - which opened in 1875 and closed in 1940
- Ballymena and Larne Railway - which opened in 1877 and closed in 1933
The station buildings were rebuilt in 1903-1904 to designs by Berkeley Deane Wise. The rebuilding cost in excess of £15,000 (equivalent to £1,587,466 in 2018). The clock was provided by Sharman D. Neill of Belfast, and iron water storage towers were constructed by Cowan Sheldon and Company of Carlisle. On 19 May 1921 the station suffered an arson attack by the Irish Republican Army.
The original station buildings were removed in 1981-1982 during a modernisation programme by Northern Ireland Railways.
Ballymena railway station consists of two platforms, and serves as a passing point on the mainly single-track Belfast-Derry line.
On Mondays to Saturdays, there is an hourly service to Great Victoria Street. In the other direction, trains alternate every hour between a service to Londonderry Waterside, and a service to Coleraine or Portrush.
Only seven trains run each way on Sundays on a two-hourly basis. All services are between Londonderry Waterside and Great Victoria Street, except for the last outbound train of the evening, which terminates at Coleraine.
Future plans involve the reinstatement of the original double-track between Antrim and Ballymena.
|Preceding station||Northern Ireland Railways||Following station|
|Antrim||Northern Ireland Railways
Line open, station closed
|Belfast and Ballymena Railway
Portrush Junction Railway
Line and station open
and Red Bay Railway
Line and station closed
|Terminus||Ballymena and Larne Railway
Line and station closed
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