IBM railway station

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IBM National Rail
IBM Railway Station, Greenock, Scotland (2007).jpg
Location
Place Greenock
Local authority Inverclyde
Coordinates 55°55′46″N 4°49′38″W / 55.9295°N 4.8271°W / 55.9295; -4.8271Coordinates: 55°55′46″N 4°49′38″W / 55.9295°N 4.8271°W / 55.9295; -4.8271
Grid reference NS234743
Operations
Station code IBM
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Owned by IBM
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.128 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.123 million
2013/14 Decrease 71,128
2014/15 Decrease 47,376
2015/16 Decrease 22,016
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Strathclyde
History
Original company Scottish Region of British Railways
9 May 1978 Opened as I B M Halt - unadvertised
16 May 1983 Renamed I B M - unadvertised
12 May 1986 I B M became publicly advertised
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at IBM from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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IBM railway station (formerly known as IBM Halt) is a railway station on the Inverclyde Line, 25½ miles (41 km) west of Glasgow Central.

Clinging to the south slope of Spango Valley on the Glasgow-Wemyss Bay line, IBM Halt opened on 9 May 1978[1] by British Rail to serve what was at that time a thriving computer manufacturing plant employing over 4,000 people. Originally, the stop was unadvertised and only peak time services stopped there, but now, despite the decline in the fortunes and working population of the plant, the facility is publicly advertised and all but one service make the stop.[2]

As the name suggests, it is located within the confines of a large facility formerly owned entirely by IBM, a former major employer for the town of Greenock.

Parts of the site were sold off to companies such as Sanmina-SCI and Lenovo, which have now closed. By June 2009 half of the buildings had been demolished and the site was rebranded as Valley Park, although locals still refer to the complex by its old name. Accordingly, there are no plans to change the station name.

Due to its location away from major housing areas and other transport links, the station is used primarily by people employed in Valley Park, but access to the station and its services by the general public is possible.

Services[edit]

There is a daily hourly service on the Inverclyde Line between Glasgow Central and Wemyss Bay.[3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Inverkip   Abellio ScotRail
Inverclyde Line
  Branchton

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Railway Magazine July 1978
  2. ^ GB Rail Timetable (Table 219) and ScotRail Train Times booklet 8 December 2013
  3. ^ Table 219 National Rail timetable, May 2016