Barrhead railway station

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Barrhead National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Cnoc a' Bharra[1]
View from Platforms 2 and 3 at Barrhead railway station, looking towards Kilmarnock
Place Barrhead
Local authority East Renfrewshire
Coordinates 55°48′14″N 4°23′50″W / 55.8040°N 4.3971°W / 55.8040; -4.3971Coordinates: 55°48′14″N 4°23′50″W / 55.8040°N 4.3971°W / 55.8040; -4.3971
Grid reference NS498593
Station code BRR
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 3
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2012/13 Increase 0.669 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.656 million
2014/15 Increase 0.680 million
2015/16 Increase 0.689 million
2016/17 Increase 0.738 million
Passenger Transport Executive
Original company Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
Pre-grouping CR and G&SWR
Post-grouping LMS
27 September 1848 Opened[2]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Barrhead from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Barrhead station in 1970

Barrhead railway station is a railway station in the town of Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Greater Glasgow, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Glasgow South Western Line, 7 12 miles (12.1 km) southwest of Glasgow Central.


The station was opened by the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway on 27 September 1848.[2] The line southwards beyond Neilston (Low) to Kilmarnock via Dunlop (the Glasgow and Kilmarnock Joint Railway) was added between 1871 & 1873 by the Glasgow and South Western Railway and Caledonian Railway, giving travellers access to the G&SWR main line to Dumfries and Carlisle. The GB&NDR had originally been absorbed by the Caledonian Railway three years after completion, but was subsequently vested jointly into the CR and G&SWR by an Act of Parliament in 1869 in order to facilitate the extension southwards.[3] Regular passenger services to the former G&SWR terminus at St Enoch ended with its closure in June 1966 - all services from here have henceforth used the former Caledonian station at Glasgow Central as their terminal.

The section south of here towards Kilmarnock was singled (with a loop at Lugton) in 1973 as an economy measure, following the completion of electrification work on the Carlisle to Glasgow Central section of the West Coast Main Line. The original G&SWR main line from Kilmarnock to Dalry was also closed to all traffic that year, leaving the line through here as the only available one for Kilmarnock to Glasgow trains. The section south of Lugton has since been partially redoubled, but Barrhead to Lugton remains single. This section is steeply graded in parts, with southbound services having to negotiate a climb of 3 12 miles (5.6 km) at 1 in 67-70 upon departure .

A signal box remains in operation to supervise the station area and control the single line stretch southwards.


The station has three platforms - one north-east facing bay (on the north-west side) specifically for terminating services and two through platforms, 1 and 2, which can be used for any service. A ticket machine serves platforms 2 and 3 whilst there is a staffed ticket office at street level adjacent to platform 1 (manned Monday - Saturday 06:50 - 23:15, Sunday 09:10 - 16:50). There are toilets and a pay phone on the concourse next to the ticket office. Train running information is offered via timetable posters, digital departure screens, automated announcements and help points. Level access is available to all platforms - via a lift to platform 1, a subway and ramps from the latter to platforms 2 and 3.[4]



The station was generally served by a half-hourly service to and from Glasgow Central which stops at all intermediate stations. This was supplemented by a train heading to either Kilmarnock, Carlisle or Stranraer on an hourly basis, although a few train services did not stop.


Following timetable change in December 2009, associated with the doubling of the line between Lugton and Stewarton, the station is generally served by a half-hourly service to and from Glasgow Central which stops at all intermediate stations. There is also a train to/from either Kilmarnock, Carlisle or Stranraer roughly every half-hour. Again, a few train services run non-stop through the station.


The current service pattern is:

  • 3tph to Glasgow Central, one of which starts in Kilmarnock, the other two start here.
  • 2tph terminate here from Glasgow Central, calling at Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley and Nitshill
  • 1tph to Kilmarnock (some continue to either Girvan or Stranraer)
  • 6tpd to Carlisle, 3 of which are extended to Newcastle.

There is an hourly stopping service each way to Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock on Sundays. Two of the latter continue to Carlisle.[5]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dunlop   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Historical railways  
Neilston Low
Line open; station closed
  Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western Railways
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 28
  3. ^ "Glasgow, Barrhead & Kilmarnock Joint Railway" Speller, J; Retrieved 30 August 2016
  4. ^ Barrhead station facilities National Rail Enquiries
  5. ^ Table 216 & 222 National Rail timetable, May 2017


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  • 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. 
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