Balloch railway station

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Scottish Gaelic: Am Bealach[1]
National Rail
Balloch Station, West Dunbartonshire.jpg
LocationBalloch, West Dunbartonshire
Coordinates56°00′08″N 4°34′59″W / 56.0021°N 4.5831°W / 56.0021; -4.5831Coordinates: 56°00′08″N 4°34′59″W / 56.0021°N 4.5831°W / 56.0021; -4.5831
Grid referenceNS389818
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Transit authoritySPT
Other information
Station codeBHC
Key dates
24 April 1988Opened by British Rail
2016/17Decrease 0.543 million
2017/18Decrease 0.529 million
2018/19Increase 0.554 million
2019/20Decrease 0.488 million
2020/21Decrease 67,320
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail & Road

Balloch railway station is a railway station serving the town of Balloch in Scotland. The station is a terminus on the North Clyde Line, 19+34 miles (31.8 km) north west of Glasgow Queen Street railway station. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail. It lies within the boundary, by just over 150 metres (160 yd),[2] of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park and provides the only example of an overhead electrified railway operating within any UK national park.


Balloch station was opened by British Rail and SPTE on 24 April 1988, replacing the former Balloch Central station which was situated immediately north of a level crossing on Balloch Road.[3] Closure of this level crossing was made possible by the closure of the previous terminus station, Balloch Pier, in 1986. The station is located 12 mile (800 m) south of where Balloch Pier station stood.[4][5] This relocation allowed the level crossing to be closed.[6]



A Class 320 waiting for passengers

There is a half-hourly service from Balloch to Airdrie via Glasgow Queen Street and Singer from Monday to Saturday. These services run non-stop from Dumbarton East to Dalmuir.

On Sundays the service runs via Yoker and Glasgow Central, then alternately to Motherwell via Whifflet and to Larkhall (hourly to each).[7]

Services terminate here at the single platform and remain there for around seven minutes, before departing.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Alexandria   Abellio ScotRail
North Clyde Line



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ OS Explorer Map 347 'Loch Lomond South'
  3. ^ Butt, R.V.J., (1995)
  4. ^ Strathclyde: the Review after the strike Modern Railways issue 445 December 1985 pages 650-651
  5. ^ Balloch opens for business Rail issue 82 July 1988 page 15
  6. ^ News & Notes: Balloch rebuilt The Railway Magazine issue 1049 September 1988 page 556
  7. ^ GB eNRT 2016 Edition, Table 226 (Network Rail)


  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • 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.

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