Larbert railway station

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Larbert National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Leth-Pheairt
Wfm larbert station.jpg
The southbound platform (looking north) at Larbert railway station
Place Larbert
Local authority Falkirk
Coordinates 56°01′20″N 3°49′47″W / 56.0222°N 3.8298°W / 56.0222; -3.8298Coordinates: 56°01′20″N 3°49′47″W / 56.0222°N 3.8298°W / 56.0222; -3.8298
Grid reference NS860825
Station code LBT
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 0.748 million
2012/13 Increase 0.770 million
2013/14 Increase 0.788 million
2014/15 Increase 0.823 million
2015/16 Increase 0.850 million
Original company Scottish Central Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 March 1848 Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Larbert from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Larbert railway station is a railway station serving Larbert near Falkirk, Scotland.


The station was built by the Scottish Central Railway, opening on 1 March 1848.[1] It is located on the main line from Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling and Perth near to the triangular junction with the line to Falkirk Grahamston and Edinburgh Waverley. The SCR as first constructed linked the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway main line at Greenhill with the Scottish Midland Junction Railway, with branches subsequently constructed to Polmont on the E&GR (the Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway) in 1850 and to Denny in 1858. Both lines had triangular junctions with the main line, giving access from the south as well as from Larbert. The Denny branch was also linked into the Kilsyth and Bonnybridge Railway from 1882, providing an alternative route to Glasgow via Kirkintilloch and to Maryhill via the Kelvin Valley Railway. The station also served as the interchange for the South Alloa branch of the SCR from its opening in 1853, which was subsequently linked to the Alloa Railway via Throsk and a swingbridge over the River Forth from 1885.

The Polmont line remains in use today by services to and from Edinburgh, but the Denny line was closed to passengers by the London and North Eastern Railway on 28 July 1930,[2] with the Kilsyth branch following suit on 1 February 1935. Freight traffic to Denny and the power station at Bonnybridge continued until 1971. Passenger traffic to Alloa over the South Alloa line was withdrawn as a result of the Beeching Axe on 29 January 1968, though line as far as Throsk remained in use for M.O.D freight traffic until April 1978.[3]

The station building features a plaque commemorating the Quintinshill rail disaster in 1915, as it was from here that the ill-fated troop train involved in the accident originated.


The station comprises two platforms - one serving northbound services via Stirling, and southbound services via Edinburgh and Glasgow - linked by a covered walkway. Goods loops exist immediately to the north of the station - which today are mainly used by freight services, to allow faster passenger trains to overtake.

The station was modernised in the late 1970s with the two major platforms extended in 2004 along with additional security and information signage. With the growth in population of Larbert, the numbers of commuters and passengers using the station has risen in recent years. In common with almost all other stations in Scotland, Larbert station is operated by Abellio ScotRail who also provide the train services.

In 2007, Larbert station underwent upgrades costing £850,000 with CCTV installed, new bicycle lockers, a footway and cycleways and a bus turning circle.[4] From 2018 the lines through the station are due to be electrified - trains on the Croy Line & Edinburgh to Dunblane Line will then be operated by new EMUs.[5]


It is located on the Edinburgh to Dunblane and Croy Lines and as such, has regular links to both Glasgow & Edinburgh. Trains run every half-hour to both cities, whilst northbound there are four trains each hour to Stirling - three of these continue to Dunblane whilst the other runs to Alloa. Most long distance services to Perth, Aberdeen and Inverness pass through without stopping, though a limited number do call at peak periods (morning southbound & evening northbound).[6] On Sundays, both main routes (Edinburgh - Dunblane & Glasgow - Alloa) run hourly.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Camelon   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Dunblane Line
Croy   Abellio ScotRail
Croy Line
Glasgow Queen Street   Abellio ScotRail
Highland Main Line
Historical railways
Greenhill Lower
Line open; Station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway
Line open; Station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Scottish Central Railway
  Airth Road
Line open; Station closed
Line and Station open
  North British Railway
Stirlingshire Midland Junction Railway



  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 139
  2. ^ Railscot - Denny Branch; Retrieved 2013-10-16
  3. ^ Railscot - Alloa Railway chronology; Retrieved 2013-10-16
  4. ^ Train station facelift unveiled BBC News, 15 June 2007
  5. ^ "Electrification Programme"Transport Scotland; Retrieved 18 August 2016
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 230 (Network Rail)