Lairg railway station

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Lairg National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Luirg[1]
Lairg Station.JPG
The view northward in 2009
Location
PlaceLairg
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates58°00′07″N 4°23′59″W / 58.0019°N 4.3998°W / 58.0019; -4.3998Coordinates: 58°00′07″N 4°23′59″W / 58.0019°N 4.3998°W / 58.0019; -4.3998
Grid referenceNC582039
Operations
Station codeLRG
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 7,440
2014/15Increase 7,514
2015/16Decrease 6,592
2016/17Decrease 5,576
2017/18Decrease 5,426
History
Original companySutherland Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Post-groupingLMSR
28 July 1874Open
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 Lairg from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
Lairg station in September 1973, with a postbus waiting.

Lairg railway station is a railway station just south of the village of Lairg in the Highland council area of Scotland. The station is on the Far North Line. It is 66 miles 78 chains (107.8 km) from Inverness, and has a passing loop 26 chains (520 m) long, flanked by two platforms. Platform 1 on the up (southbound) line can accommodate trains having six coaches, but platform 2 on the down (northbound) line can only hold five.[2]

Until April 2009 the station provided an interchange point for postbus services to the remote communities of Durness, Kinlochbervie and Tongue, Highland. Following considerable local opposition to the cancellation of the services they have now been replaced by temporary services operated, under contract from the Highland Council, by Stagecoach plc. The future of the services has yet to be determined.

Highland Rail Partnership is based in the former booking office.

Services[edit]

Four Inverness to Wick via Thurso trains call here each way on weekdays and Saturdays (along with a fifth Inverness departure southbound in the early morning) and a single departure each way on Sundays.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 20A.
  3. ^ Table 239 National Rail timetable, May 2016
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Invershin or Ardgay   Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Rogart