Larkhall railway station

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Larkhall National Rail
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Location
Place Larkhall
Local authority South Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°44′20″N 3°58′31″W / 55.7390°N 3.9753°W / 55.7390; -3.9753Coordinates: 55°44′20″N 3°58′31″W / 55.7390°N 3.9753°W / 55.7390; -3.9753
Grid reference NS760513
Operations
Station code LRH
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 0.327 million
2012/13 Increase 0.343 million
2013/14 Increase 0.406 million
2014/15 Increase 0.420 million
2015/16 Steady 0.420 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE SPT
History
1 July 1905 Opened as Larkhall Central
4 October 1965 Closed to passengers
4 November 1968 Line Closed
12 December 2005 Re-opened
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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 Larkhall from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Larkhall railway station serves the town of Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is the south-eastern terminus of the Argyle Line, 16 14 miles (26.2 km) south east of Glasgow Central railway station.

History[edit]

Larkhall station on the first day of opening to the general public

The station was originally opened as Larkhall Central on 1 July 1905 by the Caledonian Railway as part of their Mid Lanark Lines which filled in various gaps around Larkhall, Stonehouse, Strathaven and Blackwood. It closed to passengers on 4 October 1965.[1]

Re-opening[edit]

Forty years after closure, the station was officially reopened on 9 December 2005 by Jack McConnell MSP, the then First Minister for Scotland. Passenger services started on 12 December 2005, with trains serving the Argyle Line.

Future improvements[edit]

In March 2007, there was speculation that the line may be extended beyond Larkhall station, to stations in Stonehouse and Strathaven.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport are expected to fund a feasibility study into reopening the section of line to Stonehouse at some time in 2008.[2]

Services[edit]

From opening in December 2005, trains run every 30 minutes to Glasgow Central and beyond to Dalmuir. As of May 2016, they run to Milngavie instead, but southbound arrivals still originate from Dalmuir.[3]

An hourly Sunday service started from December 2007 on a one-year trial basis. This trial has been successful, and the hourly Sunday service is now a permanent feature. It runs to Balloch via Clydebank.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line - Larkhall Branch
  Merryton
Historical railways
Stonehouse
Line and station closed
  Mid Lanark Lines
Caledonian Railway
  Ferniegair
Line and station open

Argyle Line services are currently operated by Class 318s and Class 320s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chrionology for Coalburn Branch Crawford, E, Railscot; Retrieved 31 August 2016
  2. ^ SPT news Archived 2007-12-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Table 225 & 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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