Morningside Road railway station

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Morningside Road
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The former Morningside Road Station
Location
Place Morningside, Edinburgh
Area City of Edinburgh
Operations
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
Scottish Region of British Railways
Platforms 2
History
1 December 1884 Opened
10 September 1962 Closed
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Morningside Road railway station is a former railway station in the Morningside area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It was opened by the Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway (ESSJR) on 1 December 1884 as Morningside Station.

After the ESSJR was incorporated into the North British Railway on 1 March 1885, the station was renamed Morningside Road in October 1886.[1]

Morningside Road station closed in 1962, when passenger rail services were withdrawn from the Edinburgh Suburban line, although the line itself was retained for rail freight use. The route continues to be used for freight services to this day, and occasionally diverted passenger trains also pass through Morningside.

Location[edit]

The old station footbridge

The station was located by Morningside Road, where the road bridge crosses the suburban line, and was accessed via a gate on the west side of the road, opposite the Morningside Clock.

Today the station is derelict and the entrance to the station is now occupied by a branch of the Bank of Scotland. The outer circle platform has been removed to allow Mk 3 coaching stock to operate on the line. ScotRail retains an advertising hoarding on the bridge next to the clock, where they display posters advertising passenger rail services. The iron footbridge from the former station still stands to this day, connecting Maxwell Street to Balcarres Street.[2]

Future[edit]

A local advocacy group, the Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG), is running a campaign for the SSJR line to be re-opened to passenger services, and proposes that it should be operated either as a commuter rail service or as a light rail system to form an extension of the forthcoming Edinburgh Tram Network.[3] Following a petition submitted to the Scottish Parliament in 2007, the proposal was rejected in 2009 by transport planners due to anticipated cost.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Edinburgh, Morningside Road Station". Scotland's Places. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland/ National Archives of Scotland. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "Edinburgh Morningside footbridge". Scottish Ironwork Foundation. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  3. ^ "Reopening the South Sub". Transform Scotland. March 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Public Petitions Committee Official Report". Scottish Parliament. 27 January 2009. Retrieved 8 January 2010. 
Edinburgh Suburban and Southside Junction Railway
East Coast Main Line
Portobello (E&DR)
Portobello East Junction
Niddrie South Junction
Piershill
Newcraighall
East Coast Main Line
Abbeyhill
Waverley Line
Innocent Railway
Duddingston
& Craigmillar
Waverley
Newington
Blackford Hill
Haymarket Tunnel
Morningside Road
Haymarket
Craiglockhart
Haymarket
East Junction
Myreside Aqueduct
(Union Canal)
Gorgie East
Craiglockhart Junction
Slateford Junction
Caledonian Main Line

Coordinates: 55°55′32″N 3°12′37″W / 55.9255°N 3.2104°W / 55.9255; -3.2104

Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Craiglockhart   Edinburgh Suburban and
Southside Junction Railway

North British Railway
  Blackford Hill