Whifflet railway station
|Whifflet railway station|
|Local authority||North Lanarkshire|
|Managed by||First ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|Key dates||Opened 21 December 1992|
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|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Whifflet from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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To the east of the station is the link line from the North Clyde Line at Sunnyside Junction. There are no platforms on this line, but it is used by empty DMUs laying over between trips from Glasgow.
The station here is a relatively recent addition to the Glasgow suburban network, opening on 21 December 1992 and initially served by the Argyle Line branch between Motherwell and Coatbridge Central. It subsequently became the terminus for the former Rutherglen & Coatbridge Railway route from Glasgow Central when that route reopened to passenger traffic on 4 October 1993. The station on this site is completely new - services originally operated from Glasgow Central High Level to Coatbridge Central over the R&CR route up until their demise (due to the Beeching Axe) on 7 November 1966. Whifflet did have no fewer than three other stations serving it in the past, along with a complex network of routes operated by several different pre-grouping companies (including the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway and Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway). All of them - the ex-M&KR/NBR depot on the line from Sunnyside Junction (which was sited a short distance east of the current station) and the Caledonian Railway's bi-level Whifflet Upper & Lower stations (located north of Whifflet North Junction where the two lines crossed) had been shut down by the mid-1960s - the North British station was closed in November 1962, whilst both CR ones closed on 5 October 1964 (though the Upper station had been a terminus since 1943).
When the line from Rutherglen was reopened, using Coatbridge Central as the eastern terminus was ruled out on operational & safety grounds. Trains on the new line would have had to use the single track connection from Langloan West Junction to reach Coatbridge and the use of single lead junctions for new services was discouraged at the time following two recent fatal accidents in the area (at Bellgrove and Newton) involving such layouts. Re-doubling this stretch of line wasn't considered to be economically justifiable, so a route using the double line curve to Whifflet North was chosen, with the station acting as the new terminus for the route in addition to serving the local area. It has also been a stop on the Motherwell to Cumbernauld Line since the route began operating in 1996 and is still served by peak hour Argyle Line electric trains between Motherwell & Coatbridge Central, the line through here having been wired in 1981 to provide access to the container terminal at Gartsherrie for electrically-hauled freight trains.
The line to Glasgow has been electrified in late 2014 - this was due to be completed ahead of the forthcoming Commonwealth Games due to be held in the city, but in the event wasn't commissioned until the December 2014 timetable change. This is still four years earlier than originally planned and will see the route incorporated into the Argyle Line and free up the DMUs in use previously for redeployment elsewhere.
The typical off-peak service since December 2014 is:
- Two trains per hour to Milngavie via Glasgow Central.
- Hourly service to Cumbernauld via Coatbridge Central.
- Two trains per hour service to Motherwell (one from Cumbernauld and one from Milngavie).
From 14 December 2014 the station is also served on Sundays regularly for the first time by an hourly service between Balloch & Motherwell . Prior to this, it only saw Sunday trains on the four Sundays prior to Christmas.
- Scot-Rail - Station Re-openings since 1960 www.scot-rail.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-12-23
- Railscot Chronology - Rutherglen and Coatbridge RailwayRailscot; Retrieved 2013-12-23
- Whifflet Upper & Lower Station sites Thompson, Nigel' Geograph.org; Retrieved 2013-12-23
- RTM - "Whifflet route to be electrified ahead of 2014"Rail Technology Magazine 31-05-2013; Retrieved 2013-12-23
- GB NRT December 2014 - May 2015, Table 225
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.