Belfast Central Station, located in west Belfast City in Northern Ireland was opened in 1976 on the rebuilt trackbed of the former 1878 Belfast Central Railway line, which had been closed by the Ulster Transport Authority in 1965. Belfast Central served as a replacement for the more convenient ex Great Northern Railway terminus at Great Victoria Street station, which ironically was re-opened by Northern Ireland Railways some 19 years later in 1995.
Belfast Central has been extensively refurbished and the once ugly 1970s appearance is now thankfully history. The station really is the 'centre of nowhere' in comparison to the ex GNR Great Victoria Street station and requires a bus ride to the city centre. Belfast Central station was constructed on the site of the former GNR's Maysfield goods yard located on the former BCR line. North of the station the Derry/Larne and Bangor lines diverge at Lagan Junction.