Cathcart railway station
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Strathclyde Partnership for Transport|
|Original company||Cathcart District Railway|
|25 May 1886||Original terminus station opened to the north of the White Cart River|
|18 March 1894||Original terminus closed|
|19 March 1894||New through station opened to the south of the White Cart River|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cathcart from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
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Cathcart railway station is a railway station serving the Cathcart area of Glasgow, Scotland. It is located on the Cathcart Circle Line, 3.7 miles (6 km) south of Glasgow Central (via Queens Park). Services are provided by Abellio ScotRail on behalf of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport.
The station here was opened on 19 March 1894, shortly before the commissioning of the western side of the Cathcart Circle Lines on 2 April that year. It replaced an earlier temporary station opened in 1886, which served as the terminus of the line from Glasgow via Queens Park. The Caledonian Railway-backed Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway extension from Giffen to Newton was subsequently opened in 1904, which passed a short distance to the south of the station but was linked to it by a spur, which allowed through running from the Neilston direction towards Glasgow Central (and vice versa). The station could then be served by local trains between Neilston & Uplawmoor and Glasgow Central as well as those in both directions around the Circle.
Train services were progressively dieselised from 1958, prior to being electrified in May 1962 (using the 25kV A.C system). As part of the electrification scheme, the track layout to the south was altered so that through running from the western side of the Circle towards Newton was possible, though these trains still could not call at Cathcart station itself. Services were henceforth operated by Class 303 Electric Multiple Units, with the similar Class 311 sets also appearing. These were eventually withdrawn from service in 2002 and replaced by Class 314 units, which are now used on most trains (though Class 318 and Class 320 sets also appear periodically).
The station is staffed on a part-time basis (the ticket office is open Mondays to Saturdays, 06:35 to 13:40 only), with a ticket machine available for purchases outside these times. There is a waiting room in the main building, along with P.A system and digital information screens for train information provision. No step-free access is provided, as the platform is reached by a staircase from the street below.
Monday to Saturday two trains per hour were provided in each direction between Glasgow Central and Neilston, and in each direction on the Cathcart Circle. There was no Sunday service.
Seven days a week two trains per hour are provided in each direction between Glasgow Central and Neilston. Additionally, on Mondays to Saturdays, one train per hour is provided in each direction on the Cathcart Circle.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Line and station open
Cathcart District Railway
Line and station open
Line and station open
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
|Link to L&AR|
- Butt (1995), page 56
- Kernahan (1980)
- "Railscot - Cathcart District Railway Crawford, E Railscot; Retrieved 1 September 2016
- "The Origins of the Neilston Line"Netherlee.org Retrieved 1 September 2016
- Cathcart station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 30 November 2016
- Table 223 National Rail timetable, May 2016
- Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
- Kernahan, Jack (1980). The Cathcart Circle. Falkirk, Stirlingshire: Scottish Railway Preservation Society. ISBN 0-9043-9601-0. OCLC 85045869.
- 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.
- Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
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