Aviemore railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: An Aghaidh Mhòr|
Aviemore railway station in 2018
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Owned by||Network Rail|
|Number of platforms||3 (2 National rail) (1 Strathspey Steam Railway)|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Inverness and Perth Junction Railway|
|3 August 1863||Station opened|
|1898||Station rebuilt and expanded|
|Listing grade||Category A|
|Added to list||18 August 1986|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Aviemore from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
Aviemore railway station serves the town and tourist resort of Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. The station, which is owned by Network Rail (NR) and managed by Abellio ScotRail, is on the Highland Main Line between Perth and Inverness, and is also the southern terminus of the Strathspey preserved railway.
The current station was opened in 1898, to designs by the architect William Roberts when the "direct" line to Inverness via Slochd was built, making Aviemore an important junction and replacing the original 1863 building. William Roberts also provided an engine shed to the north of the station in 1896.
In 1998 the station was restored and refurbished, and the Strathspey Railway was finally allowed to use the island platform. The island platform's three buildings were restored and brought back into use, having been derelict for many years, and a fourth was built from scratch. The new building comprises a ticket hall, booking office and shop, and the three original buildings are waiting rooms (with historical displays), staff offices, and toilets. Parking, reached from the Rothiemurchus road in the south of the town, is on the station's east side, and passenger access to the Strathspey part of the station is via a foot-crossing across the junction spur. This foot crossing also provides disabled access to platform 2. This is the second biggest railway station in Highland (Council area), after Inverness.
Following the moving of services, the Strathspey Railway closed their Aviemore (Speyside) railway station. The platform remains, as fears over asbestos contamination have stalled its removal. The original footbridge also still stands but is unsafe.
Road access to the NR station building is from Grampian Road, to the west of the line. A canopied island platform, connected to the station building by a footbridge, lies beyond the two main-line tracks, and the further (eastern) platform face of this island is used by Strathspey trains. The junction between the Strathspey Railway and Network Rail lies to the south of the station and is controlled from the station signal box, which also controls a large portion of the main line either side of here (from Kingussie all the way to Culloden Moor since 1979) as well as the immediate station area.
The station is 83 miles 31 chains (134.2 km) from Perth, and has a passing loop 40 chains (800 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the down (northbound) line can accommodate trains having fourteen coaches, whereas platform 2 on the up (southbound) line can hold fifteen.
Services are provided by Abellio ScotRail, Caledonian Sleeper, and London North Eastern Railway on the Highland Main Line and Strathspey Railway on the former Inverness and Perth Junction Railway to Boat of Garten and Broomhill.
In the May 2016 timetable, there are seven trains each weekday to Edinburgh Waverley (including the Highland Chieftain to London King's Cross) and four to Glasgow Queen Street southbound, plus the overnight sleeper to London Euston (the latter doesn't run southbound on Saturday nights & northbound on Sundays). Northbound there are twelve departures to Inverness.
On Sundays there are five trains to Edinburgh (including the King's Cross service) and two to Glasgow, along with seven to Inverness.
From 2018, this station will be one of those to benefit from a package of timetable enhancements introduced by Transport Scotland and Scotrail. The current Perth to Inverness timetable will increase to hourly each way, with trains south of there running on alternate hours to Edinburgh & Glasgow. Journey times will also be reduced by 10 minutes to both cities.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Highland Main Line
|Kingussie||London North Eastern Railway
East Coast Main Line
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
|Terminus||Strathspey Railway||Boat of Garten|
Line open; station closed
Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
|Boat of Garten|
Line and station open
Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway
Line and station open
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- Station on navigable O.S. map
- RAILSCOT on Inverness and Aviemore Direct Railway
- RAILSCOT on Inverness and Perth Junction Railway
- "Aviemore station reopens after £2.2m restoration". RAIL. No. 333. EMAP Apex Publications. 17–30 June 1998. p. 10. ISSN 0953-4563. OCLC 49953699.
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