Broughty Ferry railway station

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Broughty Ferry National Rail
Broughty Ferry
Broughty Ferry railway station
Location
Place Broughty Ferry
Local authority Dundee City
Coordinates 56°28′04″N 2°52′27″W / 56.4677°N 2.8741°W / 56.4677; -2.8741Coordinates: 56°28′04″N 2°52′27″W / 56.4677°N 2.8741°W / 56.4677; -2.8741
Grid reference NO462309
Operations
Station code BYF
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  5,289
2004/05 Decrease 4,943
2005/06 Increase 4,996
2006/07 Increase 6,271
2007/08 Increase 6,277
2008/09 Decrease 5,918
2009/10 Decrease 5,570
2010/11 Decrease 5,362
2011/12 Increase 9,288
2012/13 Increase 23,180
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Broughty Ferry from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Broughty Ferry railway station serves the suburb of Broughty Ferry in Dundee, Scotland. The station was opened on 6 October 1838 on the Dundee and Arbroath Railway. When North British Railway were granted joint ownership of the line on 21 July 1879, the station buildings were gradually rebuilt until around 1900.

It is the oldest railway station in Scotland which is still in operation.[citation needed]

History[edit]

At 7:20 pm on 21 October 1991, a Dundee bound AberdeenLondon Intercity express destroyed two out of the four gates of the level crossing. The fifty passengers on board and five people in a passing car were fortunate to avoid collision when the train passed through the crossing at around 80 miles per hour.[1] The gates had not been closed before the train passed the level crossing. Dundee District Council (now defunct) had previously postponed planning permission to modernise the gates. They were replaced by the current arrangement of four barriers in 1995, with control transferred to Dundee Signalling Centre.

Subsequent restoration of the station saw the removal of the historic footbridge, which now languishes behind the westbound platform, leaving only an underpass for those wishing to cross the line at Gray Street, or walk the short distance to another overbridge, when the barriers are lowered. The footbridge was closed to the public before the crossing was modernised.

Services[edit]

British Rail operated local passenger services between Dundee and Arbroath until around 1990. Since these were discontinued, most of the intermediate stations have had only a very sparse service, provided so as to avoid the difficulty of formal closure procedures. Before late 2011, First ScotRail provided Broughty Ferry with only two trains a day in each direction, Mondays to Saturdays. These offered through service to and from Edinburgh and Glasgow, but were not timed conveniently for passengers wishing to commute to Dundee, who were historically the station's raison d'être. There was also a mid morning service (1043) to Glasgow Queen Street but again it was not at a convenient time for commuters. Consequently, patronage of the station was very low, but on the other hand surprisingly high considering the number of trains which called.

From December 2011, Broughty Ferry saw its service level increase to 13 trains per day, with five additional northbound, and four additional southbound services.[2] Broughty Ferry now receives seven trains which call on a Sunday also. The normal weekday service operates on most bank holidays.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "80 mph train misses five "by yards"". Dundee Courier and Advertiser. 1991-10-23. pp. 11, 14. 
  2. ^ "Campaign pays off with more train stops at Broughty Ferry". DC Thomson and Co. Ltd. Retrieved 3 October 2011. 

External links[edit]

  • RailScot History of Broughty Ferry station
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dundee   First ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
  Balmossie
Carnoustie on Sundays