Uphall railway station

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Uphall National Rail
Place Livingston
Local authority West Lothian
Coordinates 55°55′08″N 3°30′08″W / 55.9190°N 3.5022°W / 55.9190; -3.5022Coordinates: 55°55′08″N 3°30′08″W / 55.9190°N 3.5022°W / 55.9190; -3.5022
Grid reference NT061705
Station code UHA
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.228 million
2005/06 Increase 0.249 million
2006/07 Increase 0.251 million
2007/08 Increase 0.255 million
2008/09 Decrease 0.254 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.227 million
2010/11 Decrease 0.225 million
2011/12 Increase 0.325 million
2012/13 Increase 0.431 million
Original company Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
12 November 1849 Opened as Houston[1]
1 August 1865 Renamed as Uphall[1][2]
9 January 1956 Closed[2]
24 March 1986 Reopened[2]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Uphall from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Uphall railway station serves the village of Uphall Station, near Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland. It is located on the North Clyde Line, 12½ miles (20 km) west of Edinburgh.


The station was opened as Houston by the Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway on 12 November 1849.[1] On 1 August 1856 it was renamed as Uphall.[1][2] The station closed on 9 January 1956.[2]

Uphall Station was a large hub, centred on West Lothian oil production and shale mining. The area has changed beyond recognition in recent years. Before the M8 was constructed, Uphall oil works lay just north of the station, with extensive exchange sidings located next to the station. A branch continued north to Uphall, then swung eastward just south of Ecclesmachan (where a branch from Threemiletown joined). The line continued to the Greendykes area of Broxburn, (Albyn or Albion Oil works) where it connected with the lines from Broxburn junction (Winchburgh) (the Broxburn Railway) and Drumshoreland.

Just to the east of the station lay Uphall Jct., connecting the Camps Branch. This line, 3 miles and 52 chains in length, began with a large set of exchange sidings adjacent to the E&B, and served various sidings, the Pumpherston Oil Co., East Calder and terminated at Raw Camps (Torrance's) quarry. The NBR Camps branch formed a junction with the Caledonian Camps branch at Camps Goods station. The course of these lines can be seen on Ordnance Survey Maps One-inch "Popular" edition.[3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Edinburgh Park   First ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  Livingston North
Historical railways
Line open; station closed
  North British Railway
Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Line and station closed
Line open; station closed


The station's reopening, with a single platform, came as part of the reopening of the Edinburgh to Bathgate Line on 24 March 1986.[2] Ever since, train services at Uphall were normally operated by diesel multiple units (initially Class 101s, then from 1987 Class 150s and by 2008 Class 158 or Class 170s).

The railway was electrified in October 2010 as part of the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, which resulted in a second platform being brought into service in October 2008. From December 2010, through trains from Uphall station to Glasgow will be operated by electric multiple units.



Monday to Saturday daytimes there was a half-hourly service eastbound to Edinburgh westbound to Bathgate. Evenings and Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.

October to December 2010[edit]

Monday to Saturday daytimes there was a half-hourly service eastbound to Edinburgh westbound to the 2010 Bathgate station. Evenings and Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.

Winter 2010/11 (From 12 December 2010)[edit]

During the week there is an eastbound service of four trains per hour to Edinburgh, with three per hour to Bathgate and one per hour to Helensburgh Central as a result of delays with commissioning of the Class 380 trains, insufficient Class 334 trains for the full service have been available for introduction of intended timetable from 12 December 2010.[4]

When sufficient trains are available, the westbound services will consist of two trains per hour to Helensburgh Central and two trains per hour to Milngavie.[5]


A car parking area is under construction to the north of the station. The car parking area beside the westbound platform has been restricted as a result of works to the westbound platform.

The station has been built without a footbridge. The only access between platforms is by public footway beyond either end of the station complex. At the eastern end this is via a poorly lit and isolated underpass. The walking time between platforms, or between eastbound platform and car park is around 5 minutes.



  1. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), page 124
  2. ^ a b c d e f Butt (1995), page 237
  3. ^ "Sheet 73 - Falkirk & Motherwell (1926)". 
  4. ^ "We've added something new to Central Scotland". 
  5. ^ "National Rail Timetable 226; December 2010". Retrieved 17 November 2010.