2 ICR sets at Galway Ceannt station.
|Location||Station Road, Galway, H91 T9CE|
Republic of Ireland
|Owned by||Iarnród Éireann|
|Operated by||Iarnród Éireann|
There are two platforms at Galway Ceannt; Platform 1 and Platform 2. Platform 2 can only be reached via Platform 1. Platform 1 is used for terminating/departing trains to Dublin Heuston while Platform 2 (a much shorter platform) is used for departing Limerick services.
The services which are provided at the station include ticket machines, a booking office, heated waiting rooms, toilets, a café (Starbucks), vending machines, and a telephone box.
The station also serves as the Bus Éireann depot for Galway City.
As the 19th century progressed the rail network in Connacht was expanded, making Galway an important railhead. The nearby town of Athenry became a railway junction, giving Galway links to Ennis, Limerick and the south in 1869 and Sligo and the north in 1894. In 1895 the MGW opened a branch line between Galway and Clifden.
The 20th century brought increasing road competition, and this led the Great Southern Railways to close the Clifden branch in 1935. In the 1970s the state railway authority Córas Iompair Éireann closed the Sligo-Athenry-Ennis line to passenger services. It later closed to freight as well.
The station is to be redeveloped in the future as part of the Ceannt Station Quarter project.
In the meantime in 2013 1 million euro was spent on "bus/rail/taxi interchange at the station, with widened footpaths, "properly designed" bus bays, and revised taxi arrangements. Approximately EUR100,000 is also to be allocated for design work for the provision of new 95 square meter double-height glass and steel concourse as an interchange area for bus and rail passengers. This will include a seated waiting area, retail units, vending area and a new office for bus inspectors."
In 2014, an additional EUR600,000 has been allocated for further design and planning work on the interchange area with planning permission submitted to Galway city council for approval in February 2014. In 2018, Edward Capital Limited were granted a development licence by CIE to bring forward a master plan for the site and lodge a planning application for the site. In September 2018, Edward Capital Limited launched the public consultation stage on www.projectCeannt.ie.
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