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Holyhead railway station serves the town of Holyheadmarker (Welsh name: Caergybi) on Holy Island, Angleseymarker. It is the western terminus of the North Wales Coast Line and is managed by Arriva Trains Wales, although Virgin Trains also serves it.

The first station in Holyhead was opened by the Chester and Holyhead Railway on August 1st 1848 but this was replaced by the second in September 1851. The present station was opened by the LNWR on 17 June 1880 and still retains its overall roof. It originally had four platforms, but only three are currently in use - the track to the former platform three having been lifted. Platform one (on the western side of the station) is separated from the other two by the ferry terminal buildings and inner harbour and is the one normally used by through services to London - most other trains use platform two (platform four is only used occasionally as it is outside the train shed and open to the elements). There used to be a rail-served container terminal next to the station, but this closed down in the early 1990s (when the traffic transferred to Liverpoolmarker [217476]) and has since been demolished.

Services

There is a basic hourly service throughout the week (although less frequently on winter Sundays) to Chestermarker via Bangormarker, Llandudno Junctionmarker, Colwyn Baymarker, Rhylmarker, Prestatynmarker and Flint. There are also through services to London Eustonmarker (five each weekday, four on Saturdays, three on Sundays), Cardiff Centralmarker and Birmingham International.

Holyhead station is linked to Holyhead Ferry Port, which offers several sailings daily to and from both Dublinmarker and DĂșn Laoghairemarker. The fastest services between Dublin and London by fast ferry and train take under seven hours.

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