J3373 : Gt Victoria Street bus station, Belfast (1)

taken 32 years ago, near to Belfast County Borough, Shankill, Beal Feirste, Springfield and Ballymacarret, Northern Ireland

Gt Victoria Street  bus station, Belfast (1)
Gt Victoria Street bus station, Belfast (1)
See J3373 : Gt Victoria Street bus station, Belfast. The remains of the old GNR(I) railway station near the end of its days as a bus station. It was demolished and replaced by the Europa Buscentre J3373 : The forecourt of the Europa Bus Station off Victoria Street and J3373 : Buses, Glengall Street, Belfast (4). Had it survived it might have been a candidate for restoration instead of replacement. The building, although decrepit in the form shown, was not without architectural merit. The view is from Glengall Street towards Gt Victoria Street. Continue to J3373 : Great Victoria Street bus station, Belfast (2).
Great Victoria Street railway station – Belfast

The Ulster Railway Company opened its railway line from Belfast (Glengall Place) to Lisburn in 1839. Designed by John Godwin, the imposing Great Victoria Street station opened in 1849 – Glengall Place and Glengall Street having been renamed at some stage in a fit of patriotic fervour. After the Ulster Railway became part of the Great Northern Railway (Ireland) empire in 1876, some alterations were made to the terminal building including construction of an imposing porte-cochère. Many, including Sir John Betjeman, regarded the building as one of the finest examples of Victorian railway station architecture to be found in the British Isles.

At its height in the years before World War 1, trains left Great Victoria Street for Londonderry (Foyle Road), Enniskillen, Cavan, Bundoran, Warrenpoint, Newcastle, Antrim and Dublin. However, by 1965, services operated only to Lisburn, Portadown and Dublin.

A substantial part of the building was demolished in 1968 to make way for the Europa Hotel. What survived, including the platforms and railway related structures, disappeared following closure of the station on 24 April 1976. Subsequently, the Europa bus station and “skyscraper” office blocks were constructed on the site.

Fortunately, the hideous transport policies of the 1960s and 1970s were eventually recognised as utter folly. Despite initial opposition from Government and another transport provider, Northern Ireland Railways persisted with its plans for reinstatement of a railway line to Great Victoria Street. Designed by Robinson & McIlwain, a new Great Victoria Street station opened for business on 30 September 1995.

This Shared Description covers the area from Central Junction to Great Victoria Street station. For views on the Belfast Central lines, see: Link

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Sunday, 2 October, 1988   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 8 September, 2009
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Bus station   (more nearby)
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Irish: geotagged! J 334 738 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:35.6943N 5:56.1553W
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Irish: geotagged! J 334 738
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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