Alness railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Alanais|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||1|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Inverness and Ross-shire Railway|
|23 May 1863||Station opened|
|13 June 1960||Station closed|
|7 May 1973||Station reopened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Alness from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Alness railway station is a railway station on the Far North Line, serving the village of Alness, on the Cromarty Firth, in the Highland council area of Scotland. The station consists of one platform on the northern side of the railway, with only a small shelter available. The original station platforms can still be seen on both sides of the single line through the station.
The Inverness and Ross-shire Railway (I&RR), which was to be a line between Inverness and Invergordon, was authorised in 1860, and opened in stages. By the time that the last section, that between Dingwall and Invergordon, opened on 25 March 1863, the I&RR had amalgamated with the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway (I&AJR), the authorisation being given on 30 June 1862. On this last stretch, one of the original stations was that at Alness. The I&AJR in turn amalgamated with other railways to form the Highland Railway in 1865, which became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The line then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The station at Alness was then closed by the British Transport Commission on 13 June 1960 and remained so for 13 years.
The station reopened on 7 May 1973 after significant housing development in the area. The initial service provision was three trains each way on weekdays and one on Sundays. When sectorisation was introduced by British Rail in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the privatisation of British Rail.
On Mondays to Saturdays, there is generally a two-hourly service southbound to Inverness with four trains per day northbound to Wick.
On Sundays, there are five trains to Inverness, three to Tain and one each to Invergordon & through to Wick.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Far North Line
Line open; station closed
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
Line and station open
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