Jordanhill railway station

Coordinates: 55°52′57″N 4°19′29″W / 55.8826°N 4.3246°W / 55.8826; -4.3246
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Scottish Gaelic: Cnoc Iòrdain[1]
National Rail
General information
LocationJordanhill, Glasgow
Coordinates55°52′57″N 4°19′29″W / 55.8826°N 4.3246°W / 55.8826; -4.3246
Grid referenceNS546679
Managed byScotRail
Transit authoritySPT
Other information
Station codeJOR
Opened1 August 1887 (1887-08-01)
2017/18Increase 0.304 million
2018/19Decrease 0.295 million
2019/20Decrease 0.292 million
2020/21Decrease 41,128
2021/22Increase 0.139 million
Jordanhill is located in Glasgow council area
Location within the Glasgow City council area
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Jordanhill railway station is a side-platformed suburban railway station in the Jordanhill area in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. The station, which is governed by Transport Scotland and managed by ScotRail, lies on the Argyle Line and the North Clyde Line.[2] In operation since 1887, the station stemmed losses for an area that was in decline.

It is located near the Jordanhill Campus of the University of Strathclyde and sits atop Crow Road, an important western thoroughfare in Glasgow and the main route to the Clyde Tunnel.[a] The station is five stops and eleven minutes' journey time from Glasgow Central on the Argyle Line.


Early history[edit]

The station opened on 1 August 1887 as part of the Glasgow, Yoker and Clydebank Railway.[3] Construction of the station structure was not completed until 1895, with modular-design wooden buildings, commonly seen on the new suburban railway lines, being built on both platforms. This is an important part of the station's history.[4] The station is located on part of the former site of brick and tile works; Jordanhill being an area of artisans and miners until the close of the nineteenth century.[5] The railway station arrived just as much of the local industry was declining, giving residents, who previously had to walk to Hillhead or Partick to find transport into Glasgow, proper access to the city centre.[6]

The station's opening effectively filled a gap in provision, as lines in the area had already been constructed; the Whiteinch and Stobcross Railways both opened in 1874, but no station was constructed on these lines at Jordanhill.[citation needed] A new link allowed services to Whiteinch Victoria Park to begin in 1897, but they ceased in 1951 and the link was closed to freight in 1967.[citation needed] The route of the link has been converted into a nature walk from Victoria Park to Jordanhill station, running alongside the existing line for approximately half its length.

On 15 January 1898, J. Johnstone, a member of the Whiteinch Harriers running club, was killed while attempting to run across the line west of the station. A small lead memorial stood on the spot for many years.[7] The freight line saw near-disaster on 28 December 1932, when seventeen wagons laden with coal ran away on a slight incline on the sidings operated by the Great Western Steam Laundry; they ran into other wagons, derailing nine and spilling coal over the line, seriously disrupting passenger traffic.[8]

A serious accident occurred on 28 April 1980, when a three-coach train carrying 80 passengers from Dalmuir to Motherwell derailed at Hyndland West Junction, just after leaving Jordanhill. All the bogies on the leading coach left the rails, causing fifteen people (nine women and six men) to be injured seriously enough for them to be taken to the Western Infirmary.[9]

Plans for rebuilding[edit]

In 1998, Strathclyde Passenger Transport (SPT) undertook a study into the possible relocation of the station west to Westbrae Drive.[10] By 2004, SPT had identified this station as one of their top three priorities, and Glasgow City Council had identified it as a "main priority".[11]

An alternative proposal would keep the existing station open but with many services calling only at a new Westbrae Drive station. This proposal was backed in August 2001 by Charlie Gordon, then leader of Glasgow City Council, who said that having a second station in Jordanhill would assist students at the nearby Jordanhill campus of the University of Strathclyde.[12] The proposed new station would have been only roughly 500 yd (460 m) away.

The station at Jordanhill is to be rebuilt, one of six new stations in the west of Scotland, according to an announcement made on 19 May 2006 by SPT chief executive Ron Culley.[13]

Jordanhill Station will be rebuilt for the 2014 Commonwealth Games,[needs update] one of a number of stations that will be rebuilt for the Commonwealth Games through a £300 million transport legacy plan.[14]


The name sign identifying Jordanhill station. The sign highlights the primary destinations: Glasgow Central, Helensburgh, and Balloch.

As part of the Argyle Line, the station is used—along with Glasgow Central and Anderston—by those commuting to and from Central Glasgow, near the heart of its business and financial district. The typical hourly service from the station is four trains per hour to Dalmuir via Yoker (two extended to Dumbarton Central), two trains to Whifflet via Glasgow Central and two trains to Cumbernauld via Glasgow Queen Street.[15]

In SRA's 2002/3 financial year, 85,861 people boarded trains at Jordanhill station, and 94,613 disembarked, making it the 1,029th busiest station in the United Kingdom, and twenty-fifth busiest on the Argyle Line in 2003.[b]

In 2016, the Queen Street High Level tunnel closure saw restricted services for part of the year, with frequencies dropping to half-hourly from here.[16]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Hyndland   ScotRail
Argyle Line
Hyndland   ScotRail
North Clyde Line


The station has a very small car park (eleven spaces) and is not permanently staffed,[17] but it contains a ticket machine, one of an initial batch of ten installed by SPT in late 2003 and early 2004 as part of a drive to curb fare dodging, which was estimated to be costing the company £2 million a year.[18] Both platforms are elevated and each has a wheelchair ramp. There is a connecting footbridge between the two platforms.

In the area[edit]

Jordanhill station as shown on OpenStreetMap

The Jordanhill Campus of the University of Strathclyde, which hosts the Faculty of Education, is located nearby. Several schools are also in the area, including Jordanhill School, Broomhill Primary, St Thomas Aquinas; as well as a Territorial Army centre. For the later part of the 1980s and the early part of the 1990s, a huge Jolly Giant toy centre lay just across Crow Road, and was a major local attraction.[19] It closed in the 1990s and after housing a discount clothing store for a few years it is now a Volkswagen car dealership.[20][failed verification]

Backing onto platform 2 is a Scout hall, home to the 72nd Scout Troop.

There are two sports facilities accessible from the station:

Rugby union team Glasgow Hawks RFC predominantly play at Old Anniesland, but occasionally play at New Anniesland.


  1. ^ The station is at grid reference NS546679 (coordinates 55°52′57″N 4°19′29″W / 55.8826°N 4.3246°W / 55.8826; -4.3246) with a Glasgow postcode of G11 7DW.
  2. ^ The usage information (Station Entries and Station Exits) is based on ticket sales in the financial year 2002/03 and covers all National Rail stations. It does not include those stations that are owned by TfL. The calculation of station usage levels uses sales recorded in the railway ticketing system prior to their allocation to individual operators. It does not take into account any changes of train during the course of a journey. The ticketing system does not record certain journeys made using TfL bought travelcards, TfL Freedom Passes, staff travel passes and certain other PTE specific products. Continued usage notes Archived 4 March 2006 at the Wayback Machine and Excel format table for all stations Archived 13 February 2006 at the Wayback Machine available.


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  2. ^ "SPT rail network 2006". Archived from the original on 12 February 2006.
  3. ^ Angela Gawthrop. "A chronology of Glasgow's railways". Archived from the original on 6 July 2007. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  4. ^ Johnston, C.; J. R. Hume (1979). Glasgow Stations. London: Newton Abbot.
  5. ^ Campbell, W. (13 March 1932). "Jordanhill: Past & Present". The Western Leader.
  6. ^ Donnelly, Max (1987) "Jordanhill – A Historical Sketch" (2nd ed) (Glasgow: Self-published (printed at Strathclyde University))
  7. ^ "Railways in Jordanhill". Archived from the original on 3 October 2005. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  8. ^ "Coal Wagons Derailed". News. The Times. No. 46328. London. 29 December 1932. col d, p. 5.
  9. ^ "Fifteen hurt as three-coach train jumps rail". News. The Times. No. 60613. London. 29 April 1980. col d, p. 4.
  10. ^ "SPT Publications: New stations". Archived from the original on 22 January 2005. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Faculty of Education Estate Strategy Staff Meeting at Jordanhill Campus" (PDF). 11 October 2004. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 April 2006. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  12. ^ MacCalman, John; Starrs, Chris (20 August 2001). "Council says campus demand justifies new £2m rail station". The Herald. p. 6. ProQuest 332888062 – via ProQuest.
  13. ^ Culley, Ron (19 May 2006). "Passengers' joy at moves to build six new train stations". The Evening Times. Archived from the original on 26 May 2006. Retrieved 21 May 2006.
  14. ^ Stewart, Stephen (25 February 2006). "Commonwealth Games to leave GBP300m legacy Transport plans would follow successful bid". The Herald. pp. 1–2. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 2 March 2006. Free preview, subscription required.
  15. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 226
  16. ^ "Travelling from Clydebank to Glasgow? You need to know this about the train services". Glasgow Times. 8 February 2016. Archived from the original on 11 March 2016. Retrieved 4 April 2023.
  17. ^ "National Rail Enquiries – Station facilities for Jordanhill". Archived from the original on 19 January 2014. Retrieved 21 January 2014.
  18. ^ The Scotsman, 2 December 2003
  19. ^ "Notes on the area now known as South Jordanhill". 9 April 2005. Archived from the original on 15 October 2008. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
  20. ^ "Used Cars For Sale". Archived from the original on 21 November 2022. Retrieved 21 November 2022.

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