Laurencekirk railway station

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Laurencekirk National Rail
Laurencekirk
Laurencekirk station after restoration and reopening
Location
Place Laurencekirk
Local authority Aberdeenshire
Coordinates 56°50′12″N 2°27′55″W / 56.8368°N 2.4653°W / 56.8368; -2.4653Coordinates: 56°50′12″N 2°27′55″W / 56.8368°N 2.4653°W / 56.8368; -2.4653
Grid reference NO717718
Operations
Station code LAU
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2009/10  56,496
2010/11 Increase 73,594
2011/12 Increase 86,142
2012/13 Increase 92,470
History
Original company Aberdeen Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 November 1849 Opened
4 September 1967 Closed
18 May 2009 Re-opened
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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Laurencekirk from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Laurencekirk railway station is a railway station serving the communities of Laurencekirk and The Mearns in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The station was reopened on 18 May 2009 at a cost of £3 million.[1]

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 November 1849[2] by the Aberdeen Railway, which ran from Aberdeen in the north to Guthrie (just outside Arbroath) to the south. The line joined the North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway north of Montrose at Kinnaber Junction and Arbroath and Forfar Railway at the triangular junctions at Friockheim and Guthrie.[3][4][5]

Closure[edit]

The station was closed in September 1967[2] by British Railways, at a time when they were looking to cut costs across their network, this despite the line on which the station stands being a busy main-line with frequent, direct services to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and a number of major destinations in England.

Re-opening[edit]

Laurencekirk station in 2008 before re-opening

The residents of Laurencekirk, many of whom now commute to Aberdeen and Dyce had successfully campaigned for the station to be re-opened - the official announcement being made during December 2006 that the station would open in December 2007.[6] The announcement of December 2007 for the re-commencement of services to and from Laurencekirk was ultimately overly ambitious and it was announced in early 2008 that the station would be finished and ready for the December 2008 timetable change.[7] However, in a New Release from Transport Scotland, the opening date was given at Spring 2009.[8]

The station building, which had fallen into poor overall condition was refurbished during Spring 2008, and a new car park with 70 parking spaces was built across the railway line from the station building, together with a small number of disabled parking spaces next to the station building.[7] First ScotRail made provisional plans for 19 trains to serve the station each day, made up of 10 northbound services and 9 southbound services, with southbound services serving both Edinburgh and Glasgow.[7] First ScotRail will also be responsible for gritting and snowclearing at the station. On the first anniversary of the re-opening of the station, it was revealed that almost double the expected number of passengers had used it - 64,000 people as opposed to a projection of 36,000.[9]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Montrose   First ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
  Stonehaven
Historical railways
Marykirk
Line open; station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Aberdeen Railway
  Fordoun
Line open; station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Rail station finally back on line". BBC News. 2009-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-07. 
  2. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 139
  3. ^ Awdry (1990)
  4. ^ Jowett (1989)
  5. ^ RAILSCOT
  6. ^ "Rail Network (Local Railway Stations) (PE629)". Public Petitions Committee. Scottish Parliament. 2003-09-03. Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  7. ^ a b c Wallace, Charles (2008-03-20). "Station plans on course". Kincardineshire Observer (Johnston Press). Retrieved 2008-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Minister celebrates 25 years of ScotRail network by announcing major boost to east coast services". Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  9. ^ Cruden, Gary (2010-05-17). "Town’s reopened station proves to be popular platform with travellers". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 2010-05-18. 

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