Bellshill railway station

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Bellshill National Rail
Bellshill railway station in 2008.jpg
Location
Place Bellshill
Local authority North Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°49′02″N 4°01′27″W / 55.8171°N 4.0243°W / 55.8171; -4.0243Coordinates: 55°49′02″N 4°01′27″W / 55.8171°N 4.0243°W / 55.8171; -4.0243
Grid reference NS732600
Operations
Station code BLH
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2010/11 Increase 0.630 million
– Interchange  Increase 40,363
2011/12 Increase 0.673 million
– Interchange  Increase 45,256
2012/13 Increase 0.716 million
– Interchange  Increase 48,447
2013/14 Increase 0.824 million
– Interchange  Decrease 44,971
2014/15 Increase 0.861 million
– Interchange  Increase 47,373
History
Original company CR (Cleland and Midcalder Line)
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 May 1879 Opened[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bellshill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Bellshill railway station is a railway station in the town of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and served by Argyle Line and Shotts Line services. The station is adjacent to Bellshill Main Street, on Hamilton Road, and was opened by the Caledonian Railway as part of the Cleland and Midcalder Line on 1 May 1879.[1] West of the station, the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway crossed with a second station in the town to the north west - this ceased to carry passenger back in 1951.

The line through the station was electrified as part of the 1974 West Coast Main Line project.[2]

Bellshill station in 1961

Although it is situated east of the Shotts Line's junction with the WCML south of Uddingston, electric trains can reach Motherwell using a chord line to the route from Coatbridge Central and Mossend which passes beneath the Shotts route east of the station (these lines being wired to allow electric access to the yard at Mossend and to allow goods trains to avoid the busy Motherwell area).

Services[edit]

The service Mondays-Saturdays is:

  • 2tph to Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts
  • 2tph to Lanark via Motherwell
  • 4tph to Glasgow Central High Level

There are additional peak trains to Anderston via Central L.L. and to Carstairs (both via Shieldmuir and via Holytown), and infrequent services on the North Berwick Line.[3] Regular daytime services through to Partick and beyond via Central L.L. ended at the December 2014 timetable change.

On a Sunday, the pattern is as follows:

  • 1tph to Lanark via Motherwell
  • 1tph to Motherwell
  • 1tp2h to Edinburgh Waverley
  • 2tph to Glasgow Central
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Motherwell   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Uddingston
Holytown   Abellio ScotRail
Shotts Line
  Uddingston
Historical railways
Holytown
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Cleland and Midcalder Line
  Uddingston
Line and station open

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 32
  2. ^ Nock (1974)
  3. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 225 (Network Rail)

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