Holytown railway station

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Holytown National Rail
Holytown railway station in 2006.jpg
Location
Place New Stevenston
Local authority North Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°48′45″N 3°58′25″W / 55.8126°N 3.9736°W / 55.8126; -3.9736Coordinates: 55°48′45″N 3°58′25″W / 55.8126°N 3.9736°W / 55.8126; -3.9736
Grid reference NS764594
Operations
Station code HLY
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.113 million
2012/13 Increase 0.128 million
2013/14 Increase 0.140 million
2014/15 Increase 0.141 million
2015/16 Increase 0.142 million
History
1 June 1880[1] Opened as Carfin
1 January 1882 Renamed Carfin Junction
1 June 1882[2] Renamed Holytown Junction
1 October 1901 Renamed Holytown
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Holytown from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Holytown railway station is a railway station serving both Holytown and New Stevenston in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located on the Shotts Line, 13 miles (21 km) south east of Glasgow Central towards Edinburgh Waverley and is also on the Argyle Line. It was opened in 1880 (as 'Carfin') at the same time as the Wishaw Deviation Line from Law Junction, though the line on which it actually stands (the Wishaw and Coltness Railway) is considerably older.

Despite its name, the station is some 550 yards (500 m) from the edge of Holytown; instead it is in New Stevenston.

The station was opened to assist the coal mining industry; the mines are now long gone.

Around 2003, some services to Lanark on the Argyle Line began running via Holytown (by means of the Mossend South to East curve) then down to Wishaw, creating two routes (one via Holytown and the other via the already existing Shieldmuir). This created a twice-hourly service at Holytown to/from Glasgow and a regular link to/from Motherwell.

Services[edit]

2008 onward[edit]

Monday to Saturdays on the Shotts Line there is an hourly service westbound to Glasgow via Uddingston and eastbound to Edinburgh. Sunday services only run from Glasgow Central via Whifflet to Shotts for the month prior to Christmas.[3]

However, from December 2012 a new two hourly service has operated between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh.[4]

On the Argyle Line there is an hourly service northbound to Glasgow Central and beyond (to Milngavie) and southbound to Lanark via Motherwell with no Sunday service.

December 2014[edit]

Following a recast of the Argyle Line timetable in the wake of the Whifflet Line electrification, there is no longer a regular daytime service to Motherwell, Milngavie via Anderston or Lanark. Only the hourly (two-hourly Sunday) Shotts line stopping services now call here - one of these in each direction (06:00 Motherwell to Edinburgh Waverley ) now provides the statutory minimum service from Motherwell over the Mossend South Jcn to East Jcn curve. A single weekday peak service from Carstairs to Garscadden in the morning, returning from Anderston to Carstairs in the evening fulfils the same function for the line from Wishaw.[5]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Carfin   Abellio ScotRail
Shotts Line
  Bellshill or
Motherwell
Historical railways
Carfin   Cleland and Midcalder Line   Bellshill
Wishaw Central   Caledonian Railway Main Line   Motherwell
  Caledonian Railway Main Line   Mossend
Line open; station closed

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ National Rail Timetable, December 2008-May 2009 Ed, Table 225
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 225, Edinburgh - Shotts, Carstairs, Motherwell and Glasgow Central 20 May - 7 December 2013Network Rail; Retrieved 2013-09-24
  5. ^ GB NRT December 2015 - May 2016, Tables 224 & 225 (Network Rail)

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