Bellgrove railway station

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Bellgrove National Rail
Bellgrove
A Class 334 Juniper leaves Bellgrove with the Bluevale and Whitevale Towers high rise flats in the distance
Location
Place Parkhead
Local authority Glasgow
Coordinates 55°51′24″N 4°13′26″W / 55.8567°N 4.2240°W / 55.8567; -4.2240Coordinates: 55°51′24″N 4°13′26″W / 55.8567°N 4.2240°W / 55.8567; -4.2240
Grid reference NS608648
Operations
Station code BLG
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 0.198 million
2004/05 0.275 million
2005/06 Increase 0.330 million
2006/07 Increase 0.337 million
2007/08 Increase 0.357 million
2008/09 Increase 0.446 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.425 million
2010/11 Increase 0.440 million
2011/12 Increase 0.504 million
- Interchange 21,634
2012/13 Increase 0.530 million
- Interchange Increase 23,436
History
Original company City of Glasgow Union Railway, Glasgow City and District Railway & Coatbridge Branch (NBR)
Pre-grouping Glasgow and South Western Railway & North British Railway
Post-grouping LMS & LNER
1 June 1871 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bellgrove from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bellgrove station in 1961

Bellgrove Railway Station is located in the East End of Glasgow, Scotland. The station is approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Glasgow Queen Street, and is managed by First ScotRail.

The station is an island platform served by trains on the North Clyde Line, and provides an interchange between the lines to Springburn and Edinburgh Waverley.

The station is accessed from Bellgrove Street via stairs, and is approximately a mile (2 km) away from Celtic Park.

History[edit]

The station opened in 1871 on the North British Railways Coatbridge branch and the City of Glasgow Union Railway cross-city line from Shields Junction. The City of Glasgow Union Railway (CGUR) added a branch northwestwards to Springburn in 1875, to give access to the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway main line at Cowlairs by means of running powers over the E&G Sighthill Branch, whilst the impressive terminus at Glasgow St Enoch opened a year later. Services on the Coatbridge route did not run there however, the NBR instead using a separate terminus known as College situated on the end of a short spur from the CGUR route southwest of Bellgrove. This only lasted until 1886, when the Glasgow City and District Railway was opened from Partickhill via a low level station at Queen Street to join the CGUR at High Street East Junction. This was henceforth used by all services from the Coatbridge & Airdrie direction and also by the newly inaugurated passenger services to Springburn (trains had been progressively introduced on the route prior to this, but only as far as Barnhill).

The North British company took over the CGUR in 1896 jointly with the Glasgow and South Western Railway, operating all services on the Springburn line thereafter. Local traffic on the remainder of the line from St Enoch declined in the face of strong competition from the local tram network and by 1902, the one intermediate station at Gallowgate had been closed.[1] Services continued to run from St Enoch to Bridgeton Central until 1913, but thereafter the line was only used by freight & parcels traffic, periodic excursions & other special trains.

Services beyond Airdrie were withdrawn by British Railways in January 1956, whilst St Enoch closed to passengers a decade later in June 1966 and was subsequently demolished. One more positive development was the North Clyde Line electrification scheme of 1960, which brought overhead wiring to the Queen St LL - Airdrie & Springburn routes in November that year.

The former CGUR route is still used by freight and empty stock transfer moves between Queen Street High Level or Eastfield depot and the city's other main DMU depot at Corkerhill on the south side of Glasgow, whilst the Bathgate link was restored by Network Rail in 2010, after an absence of 28 years.

Bellgrove rail crash[edit]

On 6 March 1989, the station was the scene of a head-on collision between two Class 303 trains on the Springburn branch in which two people died.[2]

Services[edit]

From 2010[edit]

On Monday to Saturday during the day-time, eight trains per hour (some commencing from Bellgrove) go westbound to Glasgow Queen Street and beyond Helensburgh Central, Dalmuir, Milngavie etc.) on the North Clyde Line.

Eastbound, there is a service every fifteen minutes towards Airdrie, half-hourly towards Springburn and hourly to Edinburgh Waverley.

In the evening, four trains per hour go towards Glasgow Queen Street and there is a half-hourly service to both Springburn and Edinburgh.

On Sundays, there is a half-hourly service westbound to Glasgow Queen Street and Helensburgh Central and eastbound to Edinburgh.

2013-14[edit]

Westbound there are six trains per hour to Glasgow Queen St and points west (two each to Helensburgh Central, Balloch via Singer & Dalmuir via Yoker). Milngavie services usually only call at peak periods. Westbound there are four trains to Airdrie and two to Springburn each hour, with two of the Airdrie trains continuing to Edinburgh.[3]

In the evenings there are two trains per hour each to Springburn and Edinburgh eastbound and to Balloch via Singer & Helensburgh via Yoker westbound.

The Sunday service remains unchanged from 2010.

Routes[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Duke Street   First ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  High Street
Carntyne First ScotRail
North Clyde Line
Historical railways
Carntyne
Line and Station open
  Coatbridge Branch
North British Railway
  College
Line and Station closed
Terminus   Glasgow City and District Railway
North British Railway
  High Street
Line and Station open
Duke Street
Line and Station open
  City of Glasgow Union Railway
G&SWR and NBR
  Gallowgate Central
Line open; Station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Railscot Chronology - City of Glasgow Union Railway www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2014-01-28
  2. ^ "Report on the Accident that occurred at Bellgrove Junction on 6 March 1989". Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 226 (Network Rail)

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.