Conon Bridge railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Drochaid Sguideil|
Conon Bridge station, 2013
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|2012/13||3,788 (52 days)|
|Original company||Inverness and Ross-shire Railway|
|Post-grouping||London Midland and Scottish Railway|
|11 June 1862||Opened as Conon|
|13 June 1960||Closed|
|8 February 2013||Reopened as Conon Bridge|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Conon Bridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Conon Bridge is a railway station on the Far North and Kyle of Lochalsh Lines, which serves the villages of Conon Bridge and Maryburgh in the Scottish Highlands. Initially known as Conon, it originally closed in 1960 and reopened on 8 February 2013.
Original station (1862–1960)
|This section requires expansion. (October 2008)|
Conon station was situated between Dingwall and Muir of Ord. The railway station was opened by Inverness and Ross-shire Railway on 11 June 1862 and closed on 13 June 1960. The original station had two platforms and was the junction with the partially constructed Cromarty and Dingwall Light Railway.
The rebuilt station was projected to open by 2012 as Conon Bridge. In March 2012, Network Rail revealed that agreement had been reached with the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership for it to provide £100,000 towards the construction of a single four-carriage platform at the station site. The new station was forecast to handle 36,000 passengers a year, including tourists and commuters to Inverness.
In September 2012, Scottish Government Transport Minister Keith Brown announced that a new station, expected to cost £600,000, would be built in time for a February 2013 opening, in time to help relieve traffic during the delayed £18 million pound resurfacing works to be carried out on the Kessock Bridge.
Construction was begun in November 2012 by Network Rail. A single platform around 15 metres long (similar to that at nearby Beauly railway station) was provided, together with a new waiting shelter, passenger information systems, cycle racks and lockers and a new car park, wider road access and enhanced street lighting. The project was supported by Highland Council, HiTRANS, Network Rail and ScotRail. It reopened as scheduled and on budget on 8 February 2013. In the month following the station's opening, more than 2,000 journeys were made to or from it. According to Minister for Transport Keith Brown, the numbers "show that it was an extremely worthwhile investment".
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
|Muir of Ord||ScotRail
Far North Line
Kyle of Lochalsh Line
|Muir of Ord||Highland Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Cromarty and Dingwall Light Railway
From 8 February 2013
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