Railway station data

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Bilingual station signs

Last update 21 June 2022

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This page shows all known instances of languages other than English, Welsh of Scottish, Irish and Manx Gaelic officially used on British, Manx and Irish railway stations.

Arabic

See also Urdu

Bicester North and Bicester Village have signs in Arabic, but not including a translation of the station name.

Bengali

English name Bengali name
Whitechapel হোয়াইটচ্যাপেল স্টেশনSign over station entrance facing street: 'Whitechapel Station' হোয়াইটচ্যাপেল স্বাগতমSign in station foyer over exit doors: 'Welcome to Whitechapel' হোয়াইটচ্যাপেল স্টেশনে স্বাগতমSign in station entrance foyer: 'Welcome to Whitechapel Station'

British Sign Language

English name British sign language name
Handforth HANDFORTHSign placed at station entrance facing street
Levenshulme LEVENSHULME STATIONEarly rendition installed 2006: 'Levenshulme station' LEVENSHULMELater rendition installed January 2020: 'Levenshulme'

Cantonese Chinese

English name Cantonese Chinese name
Handforth 漢福車站Plain text sign: 'Handforth station' 漢福MTR sign: 'Handforth'
Irlam 艾林

Piccadilly (Manchester Metrolink) has a welcome sign in Chinese (thought to be Cantonese), but not including a translation of the station name.

Cornish

Penzance has an exterior welcome sign in Cornish, but not the station name sign.

Dutch

Broad Street (London) had a sign directing international passengers to Liverpool Street in Dutch, but not including a translation of the station name.

St Pancras International has information notices in Flemish Dutch (in addition to English and French), but not including a translation of the station name.

French

North Berwick has a welcome sign in French, but not including a translation of the station name.

Dover Marine had signs in French, but not including a translation of the station name. It is believed that Dover Priory had similar.

St Pancras International, Ashford International and Ebbsfleet International have signs in French, but not including a translation of the station name.

Piccadilly (Manchester Metrolink) has a welcome sign in French, but not including a translation of the station name.

German

English name German name
Newtondale North Yorkshire Moors Railway Waßermolchental

Newtondale station was temporarily renamed for a special event in 1991

North Berwick has a welcome sign in German, but not including a translation of the station name.

Piccadilly (Manchester Metrolink) has a welcome sign in German, but not including a translation of the station name.

Broad Street (London) had a sign directing international passengers to Liverpool Street in German, but not including a translation of the station name.

Dover Marine had signs in German, but not including a translation of the station name.

Greek

English name Greek name
Handforth Χαντφορθ

Italian

Dover Marine had signs in Italian, but not including a translation of the station name.

Japanese

Moreton in Marsh has signs in Japanese, but not including a translation of the station name.

Bicester North has signs in Japanese, but not including a translation of the station name.

Latin

Wallsend (Tyne & Wear Metro) has numerous signs in Latin, but not including a translation of the station name.

Mandarin Chinese

Bicester North, Bicester Town and Bicester Village have or had signs in Mandarin Chinese, but not including a translation of the station name.

Note: Bicester Village is a replacement for Bicester Town on a slightly different site

Nepali

English name Nepali name
Minffordd Ffestiniog Railway सुकना Sukna

Minffordd station was temporarily renamed for a special event in 2005. Note that it is possible this sign is in Hindi.

Polish

Piccadilly (Manchester Metrolink) has a welcome sign in Polish, but not including a translation of the station name.

Broad Street (London) had a sign directing international passengers to Liverpool Street in Polish, but not including a translation of the station name.

Punjabi

Rendered in Gurmukhī script.

English name Punjabi name
Southall ਸਾਊਥਹਾਲShort name: 'Southall' ਜੀ ਆਇਆਂ ਨੂੰ, ਸਾਊਥਹਾਲLong name: 'Welcome to Southall'

Russian

Tilbury Riverside had Russian notices, but not the station name.

Spanish

Piccadilly (Manchester Metrolink) has a welcome sign in Spanish, but not including a translation of the station name.

Urdu

Note that this is sometimes reported as Arabic; the alphabet is the same.

English name Urdu name
Levenshulme لفنشوم Levnshulme station alternative languageThis rendition does not consistently use correct letter forms (letters differ according to where they appear in a word) and some of the dots are incorrect. The rendition in the row above is a more correct translation

Yiddish

Whitechapel had notices in Yiddish, but not including a translation of the station name.