New name for Belfast Central

NIR’s largest station to be renamed after 42 years.

BELFAST Central station is to be renamed Lanyon Place, which will coincide with a project to improve the main entrance and internal facilities of the through station. Northern Ireland Railways stated that the change has been made to “provide more clarity on where the station is geographically positioned in the city.”

Belfast Central, the name it has had since opening in April 1976, was the most important element in the first significant investment in railway infrastructure that the Government made following the establishment of NIR in April 1968.

A view of the improvement works ongoing at Belfast Central, which will be renamed Lanyon Place from September. Chris Playfair

It was the centrepiece of the Belfast Central Railway Project, which saw the reinstatement and upgrading to mainline status of a closed but not abandoned 2¼-mile cross-city freight-only line, and construction of two new stations Central and Botanic.

This line, between Central Junction and Ballymacarrett Junction (located at the approaches to Great Victoria Street (GVS) and Queens Quay stations respectively) had been out of use since July 1965, when it was severed at Middlepath Street near Ballymacarrett Junction.

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