Kilwinning railway station

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Kilwinning National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Cill D’Fhinnein
Kilwinning station 2012 Ardrossan platoforms.jpg
Platforms 1 and 2, towards Ardrossan
Place Kilwinning
Local authority North Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°39′22″N 4°42′35″W / 55.6561°N 4.7096°W / 55.6561; -4.7096Coordinates: 55°39′22″N 4°42′35″W / 55.6561°N 4.7096°W / 55.6561; -4.7096
Grid reference NS295436
Station code KWN
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 1.012 million
2012/13 Increase 1.049 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.960 million
2014/15 Increase 0.989 million
2015/16 Increase 1.009 million
Passenger Transport Executive
Original company Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Pre-grouping Glasgow and South Western Railway
Post-grouping LMS
23 March 1840[1] Opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kilwinning from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Kilwinning railway station is a railway station serving the town of Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Ayrshire Coast Line (27 miles [43 km] south of Glasgow Central) and the Glasgow South Western Line (69 miles [111 km] north of Stranraer). British Transport Police maintain an office here.

The station gets more trains than any other in Ayrshire.[citation needed]


The station was opened on 23 March 1840 by the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway[1] and was built as an interchange, seeing traffic coming from Glasgow, Ayr and Ardrossan (and later Largs).

Station facilities[edit]

The station is located on Byers Road about 12 mile (800 m) from the town centre. There is a fully staffed ticket office, a toilet, a kiosk, a waiting room and a ticket vending machine. In 2012, a new 130-space car park opened.

Station usage[edit]

The station is popular with commuters travelling to Glasgow from Ayrshire and beyond. It is the last stop before the Ayrshire Coast line splits in two, so trains stop at this station more than any other in Ayrshire.

British Transport Police[edit]

The station houses a Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) from the British Transport Police. Officers from Kilwinning cover all stations south of Kilwinning and north of Kilwinning until Lochwinnoch; Police Scotland officers will cover if British Transport Police officers are not available.

Bus services[edit]

Most buses do not come into the station forecourt, but there is a bus stop 100 yards (90 m) north of the station.


A Glasgow to Ayr service


Stopping patterns on the Glasgow service vary – 2 trains per hour call at all stations to Paisley Gilmour Street, whilst two others run non-stop and the remainder serve principal stations only.[2]

The Sunday service is:

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stevenston   Abellio ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
  Dalry or Glasgow Central or Johnstone
Irvine   Abellio ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
Historical railways
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier
1947 - 1960
Line and station closed
  British Railways
Montgomerie Pier Branch
  Connection with
Ardrossan Railway at
Stevenston No. 1 Jct.
Line and station open
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Ardrossan Railway
  Dalry Junction
Line open; station closed
Line open; station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway

Rail and sea connections[edit]

Northern Ireland[edit]

Trains connect Ayr along the Glasgow South Western Line to Stranraer where a bus link runs: route 350 operated by Macleans Coaches (except Sundays) to Cairnryan.[3] for onward ferries to the Port of Belfast by Stena Line and Larne Harbour by P&O Ferries.

Former connection closed in 2016: along the Ayrshire Coast Line to Troon for the P&O Ferries service to Larne Harbour.

Isle of Arran[edit]

Trains also connect along the Ayrshire Coast Line to Ardrossan Harbour for the Caledonian MacBrayne service to Brodick.

Future developments[edit]

Redevelopment of Kilwinning station is due to start soon[when?], with the taxi rank and main car park being moved to allow buses to serve the station as part of an interchange project drawn up by North Ayrshire Council, where service 11 buses to/from Kilmarnock will call at the station.[citation needed]

Discussions have been on-going for some time[when?] between the Council and Network Rail over the buying of old goods sidings to the west of the station to allow for more car parking at the site. North Ayrshire are hoping to build a two-tiered structure which will hold double the amount of cars than is currently the case at the station.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 133
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable May-December 2016, Table 221
  3. ^