Bathgate railway station

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Bathgate railway station looking east.JPG
Bathgate railway station, looking east
LocationBathgate, West Lothian
United Kingdom
Coordinates55°53′50″N 3°38′10″W / 55.8971°N 3.6362°W / 55.8971; -3.6362Coordinates: 55°53′50″N 3°38′10″W / 55.8971°N 3.6362°W / 55.8971; -3.6362
Grid referenceNS981681
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codeBHG
Original companyAbellio ScotRail
Key dates
18 October 2010Opened[1]
2014/15Increase 1.177 million[2]
2015/16Increase 1.223 million[2]
2016/17Increase 1.303 million[2]
2017/18Decrease 1.282 million[2]
2018/19Increase 1.293 million[2]
The 1986 station

Bathgate railway station is a railway station serving Bathgate in West Lothian, Scotland. Opened on 18 October 2010, it is close to the junction of the former Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway and the former Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway to the east[3] of the 1986 station. Ticket gates are in operation.


In 2005, the Scottish Executive announced that the then-closed section of line between the 1989 Drumgelloch station and Bathgate would be rebuilt as a double tracked electrified railway, termed the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link. This resulted in the closure of the 1986 station, replaced by the present station, 34 chains (a little under half a mile) east of the former station. The link connects with the North Clyde Line at Drumgelloch and the Edinburgh to Bathgate Line at Bathgate, forming a fourth rail link between Glasgow and Edinburgh.

The station opened on 18 October 2010,[1] replacing the 1986 station, which closed at the end of the day's service on 16 October 2010. Rail replacement bus services were provided between Bathgate and Haymarket on Sunday 17 October 2010.[4]

Services west of Bathgate commenced on 12 December 2010, with the route being incorporated into the North Clyde Line services.[5]


October to December 2010[edit]

At the time of opening in 2010, there was a half-hourly service from Bathgate to Edinburgh Monday to Saturdays with an hourly service on Sundays.

Winter 2010/11 (Interim timetable from 12 December 2010)[edit]

As a result of delays with commissioning of the Class 380 trains, insufficient Class 334 trains for the full service were available for the introduction of the intended timetable from 12 December 2010.[6] Due to inclement weather some intermediate stations to Airdrie are provided with bus services whilst final works are completed.

Off-Peak Monday to Friday
  • 1tph Helensburgh Central <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
  • 3tph Bathgate <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
Monday to Friday after 6pm
  • 1tph Helensburgh Central <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
  • 1tph Bathgate <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
Saturday and Sunday
  • 2tph Helensburgh Central <<>> Edinburgh Waverley

Winter 2010/11 (Full service)[edit]

Following the opening of the line between Airdrie and Bathgate, the service was combined with Edinburgh to Bathgate service, the complete service when sufficient rolling stock is available is:[5]

Off-peak Monday to Saturday
  • 2tph Helensburgh Central <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
  • 2tph Milngavie <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
Monday to Saturday after 6pm
  • 2tph Helensburgh Central <<>> Edinburgh Waverley
  • 2tph Helensburgh Central <<>> Edinburgh Waverley


The same daytime & Sunday frequency applies in the May 2016 timetable, with a few early morning services starting from here (in both directions) and terminating here in the evening.[7]

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



  1. ^ a b "NEW BATHGATE STATION OPENS ITS DOORS". Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Annual estimated intercity rail passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at this station from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
  3. ^ Sheet 42 of the Scottish Bill
  4. ^ "Customer Information; Service Alterations; Edinburgh - Bathgate" (PDF). Retrieved 16 October 2010.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ a b "National Rail Timetable 226; December 2010" (PDF). Retrieved 17 November 2010.[permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "We've added something new to Central Scotland". Archived from the original on 11 January 2011.
  7. ^ Table 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016