Bellshill railway station

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Bellshill National Rail
Bellshill
Location
Place Bellshill
Local authority North Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°49′02″N 4°01′27″W / 55.8171°N 4.0243°W / 55.8171; -4.0243Coordinates: 55°49′02″N 4°01′27″W / 55.8171°N 4.0243°W / 55.8171; -4.0243
Grid reference NS732600
Operations
Station code BLH
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 0.428 million
2004/05 0.469 million
2005/06 Increase 0.515 million
2006/07 Increase 0.519 million
2007/08 Increase 0.534 million
2008/09 Increase 0.692 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.581 million
2010/11 Increase 0.630 million
2011/12 Increase 0.673 million
History
Original company CR (Cleland and Midcalder Line)
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 May 1879 Opened[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bellshill from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bellshill railway station is a railway station in the town of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is managed by First ScotRail and served by Argyle Line and Shotts Line services. The station is adjacent to Bellshill Main Street, on Hamilton Road, and was opened by the Caledonian Railway as part of the Cleland and Midcalder Line on 1 May 1879.[1] West of the station, the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway crossed with a second station in the town to the north west - this ceased to carry passenger back in 1951.

The line through the station was electrified as part of the 1974 West Coast Main Line project.[2]

Bellshill station in 1961

Although it is situated east of the Shotts Line's junction with the WCML south of Uddingston, electric trains can reach Motherwell using a chord line to the route from Coatbridge Central and Mossend which passes beneath the Shotts route east of the station (these lines being wired to allow electric access to the yard at Mossend and to allow freight trains to avoid the busy Motherwell area).

Services[edit]

The station is served by two main routes - the Argyle Line from Central Low Level to Motherwell and beyond and the Shotts Line between Central High Level and Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts. There is a basic half hourly service (Mondays to Saturdays) on the Argyle Line to Dalmuir via Central Low Level and Yoker northbound and to Motherwell southbound, with hourly extensions to Lanark.[3] There are also two trains per hour between Central High Level and Edinburgh that call - one is a limited stop semi-fast calling only at Shotts, Livingston South, West Calder and Haymarket whilst the other serves all intermediate stations except Breich.[4]

On Saundays there is a half hourly service to Motherwell (alternate trains continuing to Lanark) and to Milngavie on the Argyle Line and a two-hourly service to Central High Level and to Shotts & Edinburgh.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Motherwell   First ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Uddingston
Holytown   First ScotRail
Shotts Line
Mondays-Saturdays only
  Uddingston
Historical railways
Holytown
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Cleland and Midcalder Line
  Uddingston
Line and station open

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 32
  2. ^ Nock (1974)
  3. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 226
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 225

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