Laurencekirk railway station

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Laurencekirk National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Eaglais Labhrainn[1]
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Laurencekirk station after restoration and reopening
Location
PlaceLaurencekirk
Local authorityAberdeenshire
Coordinates56°50′12″N 2°27′55″W / 56.8368°N 2.4653°W / 56.8368; -2.4653Coordinates: 56°50′12″N 2°27′55″W / 56.8368°N 2.4653°W / 56.8368; -2.4653
Grid referenceNO717718
Operations
Station codeLAU
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
DfT categoryF1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.102 million
2014/15Increase 0.112 million
2015/16Decrease 0.104 million
2016/17Decrease 96,002
2017/18Decrease 95,848
History
Original companyAberdeen Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMS
1 November 1849Opened
4 September 1967Closed
18 May 2009Re-opened
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B
Entry numberLB47653[2]
Added to list8 March 2001
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 Laurencekirk from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Laurencekirk railway station is a railway station serving the communities of Laurencekirk and The Mearns in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The station was reopened on 18 May 2009 at a cost of £3 million.[3]

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 November 1849[4] by the Aberdeen Railway, which ran from Aberdeen in the north to Guthrie (just outside Arbroath) to the south. The line joined the North British, Arbroath and Montrose Railway north of Montrose at Kinnaber Junction and Arbroath and Forfar Railway at the triangular junctions at Friockheim and Guthrie.[5][6][7]

Closure[edit]

The station was closed in September 1967[4] by British Railways at a time when they were looking to cut costs across their network, despite the line on which the station stands being a busy main-line with frequent, direct services to London, Edinburgh, Glasgow and a number of major destinations in England.

Re-opening[edit]

Laurencekirk station in 2008 before re-opening

The residents of Laurencekirk, many of whom now commute to Aberdeen and Dyce had successfully campaigned for the station to be reopened – the official announcement being made during December 2006 that the station would open in December 2007, to be funded by Transport Scotland and the Regional Transport Partnership Nestrans.[8] The announcement of December 2007 for the re-commencement of services to and from Laurencekirk was ultimately overly ambitious and it was announced in early 2008 that the station would be finished and ready for the December 2008 timetable change.[9] However, in a New Release from Transport Scotland, the opening date was given at Spring 2009.[10] The station was reopened by the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson on 18 May 2009.

The station building, which had fallen into poor overall condition was refurbished during Spring 2008, and a new car park with 70 parking spaces was built by Aberdeenshire Council and Nestrans, across the railway line from the station building, together with a small number of disabled parking spaces next to the station building.[9] First ScotRail made provisional plans for 19 trains to serve the station each day, made up of 10 northbound services and 9 southbound services, with southbound services serving both Edinburgh and Glasgow.[9] ScotRail will also be responsible for gritting and snowclearing at the station. On the first anniversary of the reopening of the station, it was revealed that almost double the expected number of passengers had used it – 64,000 people as opposed to a projection of 36,000.[11] By 2014/15, passenger numbers exceeded 112,000.

Future Improvements[edit]

Service frequencies are to be improved here from 2018 as part of a timetable recast funded by Transport Scotland. A new "Aberdeen Crossrail” commuter service is to be introduced between Montrose and Inverurie, which will call here and the other intermediate stations en-route once per hour in each direction.[12]

Services[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Montrose   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
  Stonehaven
  Historical railways  
Marykirk
Line open; station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Aberdeen Railway
  Fordoun
Line open; station closed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ "LAURENCEKIRK RAILWAY STATION INCLUDING CANOPY". Historic Scotland. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Rail station finally back on line". BBC News. 18 May 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  4. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 139
  5. ^ Awdry (1990)
  6. ^ Jowett (1989)
  7. ^ RAILSCOT
  8. ^ "Rail Network (Local Railway Stations) (PE629)". Public Petitions Committee. Scottish Parliament. 3 September 2003. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  9. ^ a b c Wallace, Charles (20 March 2008). "Station plans on course". Kincardineshire Observer. Johnston Press. Retrieved 6 April 2008.
  10. ^ "Minister celebrates 25 years of ScotRail network by announcing major boost to east coast services". Archived from the original on 2 November 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2008.
  11. ^ Cruden, Gary (17 May 2010). "Town's reopened station proves to be popular platform with travellers". The Press and Journal. Retrieved 18 May 2010.
  12. ^ "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers" Archived 2016-08-20 at the Wayback MachineTransport Scotland press release 15 March 2016; Retrieved 19 August 2016

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