Barrhead railway station
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View from Platforms 2 and 3 at Barrhead railway station, looking towards Kilmarnock
|Local authority||East Renfrewshire|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||3|
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|Annual rail passenger usage*|
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|Original company||Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway|
|Pre-grouping||CR and G&SWR|
|27 September 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 Barrhead from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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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 1⁄2 miles (12.1 km) southwest of Glasgow Central.
The station was opened by the Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway on 27 September 1848. 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. 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 1⁄2 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 while an office is located on Platform 1.
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 service each way to Glasgow Central (calling at Pollockshaws West only) and Kilmarnock (all stations) on Sundays. Two of the latter continue to Carlisle.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Glasgow South Western Line
Line open; station closed
|Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western Railways
Glasgow, Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway
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