Leuchars railway station

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Leuchars National Rail
for St Andrews
Leuchars Station, Fife.jpg
Place Leuchars
Local authority Fife
Coordinates 56°22′30″N 2°53′37″W / 56.3751°N 2.8936°W / 56.3751; -2.8936Coordinates: 56°22′30″N 2°53′37″W / 56.3751°N 2.8936°W / 56.3751; -2.8936
Grid reference NO449206
Station code LEU
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.350 million
2005/06 Increase 0.375 million
2006/07 Increase 0.378 million
2007/08 Increase 0.401 million
2008/09 Increase 0.446 million
2009/10 Decrease 0.423 million
2010/11 Increase 0.471 million
2011/12 Increase 0.481 million
2012/13 Increase 0.496 million
2013/14 Increase 0.510 million
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Leuchars from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Leuchars railway station (pronounced 'Loo-khars' About this sound listen ) serves the towns of Leuchars and St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. The station is the last northbound stop before Dundee.

The station was built as Leuchars Junction station for the route over the Tay Bridge to Dundee, the previous Leuchars station being on the line to Tayport.

There are buses and taxis available to transfer passengers to nearby St. Andrews, which does not have its own railway station; integrated tickets with the destination "St Andrews Bus" are sold.

The station is located near the active airbase RAF Leuchars.

Station operator Abellio ScotRail announced plans during March 2008 to erect a wind turbine to meet the electricity requirements of the station, and hope to generate a small surplus of electricity which they can sell back to the National Grid. Leuchars will be the first station to be powered this way, and if the project, which was funded by Transport Scotland proves successful, it may be rolled out across other stations.[1]


The original station for Leuchars was some 45 chains (900 m) north of the current station and was opened on 17 May 1848. It became the junction for St Andrews on 1 July 1852. It was closed to passengers when Leuchars Junction opened on 1 June 1878 but reopened as “Leuchars (old)” six months later. It finally closed to passengers on 3 October 1921 and to goods on 6 November 1967.[2]

Leuchars Junction opened on the current site, just south of the junction for the Tay Bridge, on 1 June 1878. It consisted of an island platform with a south facing bay for branch line trains for St Andrews, and a north facing bay for trains on the old main line to Tayport.[3]

On 30 June 1913, the station buildings at Leuchars Junction burnt to the ground. This was widely believed to be arson by suffragettes.[4] The current buildings are those of the 1913 rebuilding. After the closure of the Tayport line in 1967 and the St Andrews branch on 6 January 1969 the station ceased to be a junction and the two bays were filled in. The station was subsequently renamed “Leuchars (for St Andrews)”.


Weekday timetable
Intercity trains

Virgin Trains East Coast

3 tpd to London King's Cross. These trains are from Aberdeen.

1 tpd to Leeds from Aberdeen.

4 tpd to Aberdeen. Three of these trains are from London King's Cross and the other, an early-morning service, is from Leeds.


CrossCountry operate three daily services out of Dundee, two of which go to Plymouth and one of which continues to Penzance.

They also operate two services to Dundee and one to Aberdeen.

Caledonian Sleeper:

1 tpd to London Euston via Edinburgh, Preston and Crewe.

1 tpd to Aberdeen.

Local trains

Abellio ScotRail:

2 tph to Edinburgh.

1 tph to Inverurie via Aberdeen. 1 tpd extended to Inverness.

1 tph to Dundee.

1 tpd to Carnoustie.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Turbine plan 'to power station'". BBC News Online (BBC). 2008-03-24. Retrieved 2008-03-24. 
  2. ^ Hajducki et al., The St Andrews Railway (The Oakwood Press, 2008), p.278
  3. ^ Hajducki et al., The St Andrews Railway (The Oakwood Press, 2008), p.73
  4. ^ Hajducki et al., The St Andrews Railway (The Oakwood Press, 2008), p.92

External links[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Kirkcaldy   Virgin Trains East Coast
Northern Lights
(London – Aberdeen)
Cupar   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
Cupar   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
Kirkcaldy   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
Historical railways
Guardbridge   North British Railway
St Andrews Railway
Dairsie   North British Railway
Edinburgh, Perth and Dundee Railway
  Tayport East
Dairsie   North British Railway
Edinburgh Perth and Dundee Railway/Tay Bridge