Broughty Ferry railway station

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Broughty Ferry National Rail
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Broughty Ferry railway station
Place Broughty Ferry
Local authority Dundee City
Coordinates 56°28′04″N 2°52′27″W / 56.4677°N 2.8741°W / 56.4677; -2.8741Coordinates: 56°28′04″N 2°52′27″W / 56.4677°N 2.8741°W / 56.4677; -2.8741
Grid reference NO462309
Station code BYF
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
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Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 9,288
2012/13 Increase 23,180
2013/14 Increase 34,970
2014/15 Increase 41,246
2015/16 Increase 43,276
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Broughty Ferry from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Broughty Ferry railway station serves the suburb of Broughty Ferry in Dundee, Scotland. The station was opened on 6 October 1838 on the Dundee and Arbroath Railway. When North British Railway were granted joint ownership of the line on 21 July 1879, the station buildings were gradually rebuilt until around 1900.

It is the oldest railway station in Scotland which is still in operation.[1]


At 7:20 pm on 21 October 1991, a Dundee bound AberdeenLondon Intercity express destroyed two out of the four gates of the level crossing. The fifty passengers on board and five people in a passing car were fortunate to avoid collision when the train passed through the crossing at around 80 miles per hour.[2] The gates had not been closed before the train passed the level crossing. Dundee District Council (now defunct) had previously postponed planning permission to modernise the gates. They were replaced by the current arrangement of four barriers in 1995, with control transferred to Dundee Signalling Centre.

Subsequent restoration of the station saw the removal of the historic footbridge, which now languishes behind the westbound platform, leaving only an underpass for those wishing to cross the line at Gray Street, or walk the short distance to another overbridge, when the barriers are lowered. The footbridge was closed to the public before the crossing was modernised.

Service frequencies at the station have varied significantly over the years - prior to 1990, there were regular local trains to Arbroath & Dundee/Perth throughout the day along with a small number of longer-distance workings (see the GB National Rail Timetables 1988/89 Table 242 for details), but a shortage of rolling stock led to the service being significantly cut at the May timetable change that year. For the next twenty years, only a handful of trains (4 per day each way on average) stopped here, but since then there has a gradual increase in provision following a campaign by the local authority & rail user groups (eight additional stops were added in December 2011 [3]). From 2018, an hourly service is planned for this station, Monifieth and Carnoustie as part of a major timetable upgrade backed by Transport Scotland.[4]


Monday to Saturday: 16 services call at Broughty Ferry. There are 9 services northbound, 2 of which terminate at Inverurie, 4 at Aberdeen, 1 at Arbroath and 1 at Carnoustie. There is also an early morning departure to Inverness (Saturdays excepted). There are 7 services southbound, 3 of which terminate at Glasgow Queen Street, 2 at Edinburgh, 1 at Perth (Monday - Thursday and early Saturday) and 2 at Dundee (1 Saturdays only).[5]

Sunday: There are 3 services Northbound, terminating at Aberdeen and 4 services southbound, 2 of which terminate at Edinburgh, 1 at Glasgow Queen Street and 1 at Perth.


  1. ^ "2014 Rail Public Consultation, 7.2". 2014. 
  2. ^ "80 mph train misses five "by yards"". Dundee Courier and Advertiser. 1991-10-23. pp. 11, 14. 
  3. ^ "Campaign pays off with more train stops at Broughty Ferry"The Courier news article, 16 September 2011; Retrieved 18 August 2016
  4. ^ "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers"Transport Scotland press release 15 March 2016, Retrieved 18 August 2016
  5. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 229

External links[edit]

  • RailScot History of Broughty Ferry station
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dundee   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Carnoustie on Sundays
Historical railways
West Ferry
Line open: Station closed
  Dundee and Arbroath Railway   Monifieth
Line and Station open
West Ferry
Line open: Station closed
  Dundee and Arbroath Railway
Broughty Ferry Pier Branch
  Broughty Ferry Pier
Line and Station closed
West Ferry
Line open, Station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Dundee and Forfar Direct Line
Line and Station closed