Lanark railway station

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Lanark National Rail
Lanark-300708.jpg
Platform 2 at Lanark railway station, looking towards the ticket office
Location
Place Lanark
Local authority South Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°40′25″N 3°46′20″W / 55.6735°N 3.7723°W / 55.6735; -3.7723Coordinates: 55°40′25″N 3°46′20″W / 55.6735°N 3.7723°W / 55.6735; -3.7723
Grid reference NS886436
Operations
Station code LNK
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 350,014
2012/13 Decrease 337,896
2013/14 Decrease 304,640
2014/15 Increase 328,890
2015/16 Decrease 306,236
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
Zone L3
History
Original company Lanark Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping London, Midland and Scottish Railway
1 April 1864 Station opened
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 Lanark from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Lanark railway station is in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is the southern terminus of the Argyle Line.

The station is located on Bannatyne Street, Lanark. The station is staffed part-time (open Monday-Saturday 06:20 until 20:25) and has a car park with 31 spaces, including two disabled bays.[1]

History[edit]

Lanark station opened in 1855, as the terminus of a short branch line off the Caledonian Railway's West Coast Main Line. The branch had a triangular junction with the main line to allow trains from Lanark to head west towards Carluke or east to Carstairs. The eastern curve closed in the 1960s.

In 1864, a line south from Lanark to Douglas was opened, and in 1874 it was extended to Muirkirk in Ayrshire, where it formed an end-on junction with the Glasgow and South Western Railway. That line closed in 1964.

In 1974, the Lanark branch was included in the West Coast Main Line "Electric Scots" electrification project by British Rail.

Current services[edit]

There is a half hourly Abellio ScotRail to Glasgow Central High Level via Shieldmuir, Motherwell and Bellshill.[2] On Sundays this service runs hourly.

Alternate services on this route formerly ran via Holytown and all trains continued via the Argyle Line to the north west suburbs of the city,[3] but following a recast of the timetable in the wake of the electrification of the Whifflet Line, these now run to/from High Level instead and run fast beyond Cambuslang.

There are no southbound or eastbound services, as the branch has only has a northbound chord connecting it to the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Lanark Junction. There have been calls for the southbound chord to be reconnected, to allow direct services from Lanark to Edinburgh.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for Lanark". National Rail. Retrieved 21 June 2010. 
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 225 (Network Rail)
  3. ^ GB NRT May 2014, Table 226
  4. ^ Call for direct Lanark to Edinburgh rail link return Harris, Ron; Carluke Gazette article 7 April 2014

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail Following station
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Carluke
Historical railways
Carstairs   Caledonian Railway
Main Line
  Cleghorn
Terminus   Caledonian Railway
Branch to Douglas & G&SWR
  Sandilands