Coatbridge Central railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Coatbridge Meadhain|
Coatbridge Central railway station
|Local authority||North Lanarkshire|
|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|
|Original company||Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway|
|March 1842||Opened as Coatbridge|
|8 June 1953||Renamed as Coatbridge Central|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Coatbridge Central from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Architecture and history
The station was originally named Coatbridge and opened in 1842. It was renamed Coatbridge Central in 1953 after the 1826 Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway station named Coatbridge Central closed in 1951. It is on what was originally the Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway, which later became the Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway. The connection southwards came courtesy of the Wishaw and Coltness Railway, with their first passenger train arriving from Morningside in May 1845. Both companies were taken over by the Caledonian Railway in 1849. A further route to the station, the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway from Glasgow via Rutherglen and Carmyle, was opened in August 1866.
The existing station layout is the result of a re-build by the Caledonian Railway in 1900, but the platform level buildings were demolished in the 1970s when the station was a likely candidate for closure due to dwindling patronage and services. Trains from Glasgow Buchanan Street over the original GG&CR route had ceased in November 1962, whilst those over the R&CR were withdrawn four years later due to the Beeching Axe, leaving only a skeleton service between Motherwell and Stirling/Perth to call here. However, for much of the 1970s and early to mid 1980s this consisted of a pair of through long-distance expresses between London Euston and Inverness—the daytime Clansman (via Birmingham New Street) and overnight Royal Highlander sleeper—along with a mid-morning Perth to Motherwell passenger & parcels train and evening northbound return working that started back at Carlisle.
All of these workings had been either withdrawn or diverted by 1987, but by then Strathclyde PTE had introduced a regular local service from Motherwell as an extension of the Argyle Line's Hamilton Circle route (the line through here had been electrified by British Rail in 1981 to allow electrically hauled freight trains to access the nearby Gartsherrie container terminal). The link northwards to Cumbernauld was re-established in 1996 when the Motherwell to Cumbernauld DMU service was inaugurated. That provided the main service from the station up until the May 2014 timetable change, as Argyle Line trains only called here at peak periods. Electrification was extended north to Cumbernauld in 2014 as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme upgrade scheme, and thereafter all passenger trains began to be worked by EMUs. Following a timetable recast in December 2014, Motherwell services once again run on through via the Hamilton Circle to the city's north west suburbs throughout the day.
Access to the station is now by a ramp from West Canal Street leading to the Down (Cumbernauld bound) platform with access to the Motherwell-bound island platform via the original underpass. Original access to both platforms of the station was via this underpass from the category C(S) listed two-floor structure at the end of the station. The main building was disused for many years after the removal of staffing in the 1970s, but was renovated in the early 2000s and used initially as a public house and more recently as commercial premises for an office supplies company.
With a container terminal just north of the station, and the location on link between the West Coast Main Line and the lines to Grangemouth, Stirling and points north, there are also freight trains passing through the station.
Amenities here are somewhat basic: the station is unmanned, and no permanent buildings remain on the platforms apart from standard waiting shelters. There are timetable poster boards and customer help points on each platform. CCTV cameras and an automatic announcement system are also installed here. Step-free access is only possible on platform 2, as the underpass to the opposite side has steps.
There are a few peak time services on the Argyle Line which terminate at the station, operated by a mixture of Class 318, Class 334 and Class 320 trains. These services call at Whifflet before joining the "main" Argyle line at Motherwell, operating to Milngavie and Dalmuir.
With the electrification of the Cumbernauld Line, services now operate with electric traction. The hourly Motherwell-Cumbernauld service (since 14 December 2014) interworks with Argyle Line services all day, originating at Dalmuir and running via Clydebank and the Hamilton Circle. Some additional services run at peak times.
There is no Sunday service.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
- Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
- Butt (1995), page 64
- Railscot Chronology - Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-12-24
- GB National Rail Timetable 1977 Edition, Table 65
- Railscot - 10.18 Perth to Motherwell calling at the station in 1981 www.railbrit.co.uk; Retrieved 2013-12-24
- Historic Environment Scotland & LB49871.
- Railscot - Coatbridge Central photo gallery
- Coatbridge Central station in 2011 Reid, Andrew Geograph.org.uk; Retrieved 15 February 2017
- Coatbridge Central station facilitiesNational Rail Enquiries
- Table 226 National Rail timetable, December 2016
- Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) . Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
- 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.
- Historic Environment Scotland. "West Canal Street and Heritage Way, former Caledonian Railway Station, with Gatepiers and Railings (Category C) (LB49871)". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
- 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.