Arbroath railway station
Arbroath railway station
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Arbroath and Forfar Railway & Dundee and Arbroath Railway|
|Pre-grouping||CR & NBR|
|Post-grouping||LMS & LNER|
|1 February 1848||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Arbroath from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
There have been three stations called "Arbroath", two of which closed in 1848. One - Arbroath Catherine Street - served the Arbroath and Forfar Railway; the other - Arbroath Lady Loan or Arbroath West - was on the Dundee and Arbroath Railway. The current station was originally opened by the Dundee and Arbroath Railway on 1 February 1848 as a link station to connect the Arbroath and Forfar Railway with the Dundee and Arbroath Railway. On 1 October 1880 the North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway opened north towards Montrose.
Jointly run by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway and the London and North Eastern Railway after the Grouping of 1923, the station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.
Until 1990, the station had 3 active platforms and was the terminus of a regular local service from Perth & Dundee that called at all of the intermediate local stations between the latter station and here. This was mostly withdrawn at the May 1990 timetable change (due to a low usage & a rolling stock shortage) and the residual service that still operates now starts & terminates at Carnoustie. The former platform 3 and its associated loop has also been taken out of use & lifted.
From 2018, a stopping service to Dundee (and potentially beyond) is to be reintroduced as part of a major timetable improvement package backed by Transport Scotland. This will serve Carnoustie, Monifieth & Broughty Ferry stations every hour through the day. Existing services through to Glasgow & Edinburgh will also be accelerated as part of the same recast.
On Sundays there is generally an hourly service in each direction.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Cross Country Network
Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Dundee||Virgin Trains East Coast
(London – Aberdeen)
Line open; Station Closed
|CR & NBR
Dundee and Arbroath Railway
|Link line station|
|Link line station||Caledonian Railway
Arbroath and Forfar Railway
Line partially open; Station closed
|Link line station||North British Railway
North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway
Line open; Station closed
- Butt (1995), page 17
- Awdry (1990), page 152
- "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers"Transport Scotland press release 15 March 2016; Retrieved 18 August 2016
- GB eNRT 2015-16 Edition, Table 229 (Network Rail)
- Awdry, Christopher (1990). Encyclopaedia of British Railway Companies. Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0049-7. OCLC 19514063.
- 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 978-1-85260-508-7. 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 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
- Station on navigable O.S. map.
- History of Station
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