Blackridge railway station

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Blackridge National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An Druim Dubh
Blackridge
Blackridge station, looking west towards Caldercruix
Location
Place Blackridge
Local authority West Lothian
Coordinates 55°52′52″N 3°45′58″W / 55.881°N 3.766°W / 55.881; -3.766Coordinates: 55°52′52″N 3°45′58″W / 55.881°N 3.766°W / 55.881; -3.766
Grid reference NS895667
Operations
Station code BKR
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 12,394
2011/12 Increase 43,258
2012/13 Decrease 42,646
History
Original company Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
11 August 1862 Opened as Westcraigs[1]
9 January 1956 Closed[1]
12 December 2010 Opened[2]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Blackridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Blackridge railway station is a railway station on the North Clyde Line. It is serves the village of Blackridge, West Lothian, Scotland.

History[edit]

The original station in this locale was called Westcraigs built by the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway. It was also the site of a junction with the Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway. Opened on 11 August 1862,[1] it subsequently closed with other stations on the line on 9 January 1956. In some timetables the station was called Westcraigs for Harthill.[1]

Opening[edit]

Blackridge was originally excluded from the plan but after a three year campaign by the local community, funding has been approved by the Scottish Government at a cost of £5 million. Private housing developer Manorlane agreed to fund 40% of the costs. However, it closed and the funding promise expired. West Lothian Council agreed to take on the burden and expects to recoup the cost from additional expansion in the area.[3] The station opened on 12 December 2010 on a new site, some 600 metres closer to Edinburgh than the previous Westcraigs station.[2]

Gallery[edit]

Services[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Armadale   First ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  Caldercruix
Historical railways
Armadale
Line and station open
  Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway
North British Railway
  Forrestfield
Line open; station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), page 245
  2. ^ a b "New £300m Airdrie-Bathgate rail link re-opens". BBC News. 12 December 2010. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Blackridge station go-ahead". Modern Railways (Ian Allan Publishings) 65 (723). December 2008. 

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