Motherwell–Cumbernauld line

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Motherwell–Cumbernauld line
Cumbernauld Railway Station - geograph.org.uk - 221819.jpg
Overview
System National Rail
Locale North Lanarkshire
Scotland
Termini Motherwell
Cumbernauld
Stations 5
Operation
Opened 27 May 1996
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Abellio ScotRail
Rolling stock Class 318; Class 320
Technical
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Motherwell to Cumbernauld Line
Cumbernauld Line
to Falkirk Grahamston
Cumbernauld
Greenfaulds
Cumbernauld Line
to Glasgow Queen Street
North Clyde Line
to Glasgow Queen Street & Edinburgh Waverley
Coatbridge Central
Whifflet Line
to Glasgow Central
Whifflet
Argyle Line
to Glasgow Central
Argyle Line
to Lanark
West Coast Main Line
to Glasgow Central
Motherwell
Argyle Line
to Glasgow Central
West Coast Main Line
to England
&
Argyle Line
to Lanark

The Motherwell–Cumbernauld line is a suburban railway line linking Motherwell and Cumbernauld in Scotland. It is part of the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport network.

History[edit]

The line was built as part of the:

The line had previously been used by a limited number of through Inter-City passenger trains between Motherwell and Perth up until the end of the 1980s, having earlier served as part of the Caledonian Railway's main trunk route avoiding Glasgow. The surviving trains (the London Euston to Inverness Clansman daytime through service and the Royal Highlander overnight sleeper) had subsequently been diverted away (via Edinburgh Waverley) by 1990, leaving only the Motherwell–Coatbridge Central section in use by Argyle Line local trains.

In May 1996 the SPT introduced a new timetable on the line, replacing the hourly Argyle Line EMUs with a DMU shuttle extended through to Cumbernauld. Between 1996 & 2000 this was worked by a British Rail class 101. This allowed the Argyle Line services to be re-routed elsewhere (eventually to Lanark via Holytown) whilst offering a new range of journey opportunities for the intermediate stations en route. A limited number of peak-hour electric services via the Hamilton Circle were retained for commuters and these still operate today.

Infrastructure[edit]

The line is now electrified at 25 kV AC overhead throughout - the wires having been extended to Cumbernauld from their former limit at Gartsherrie South Junction (north of Coatbridge Central) in the spring of 2014 as part of the Cumbernauld Line electrification scheme.[1] Passenger services are operated by Abellio ScotRail on behalf of SPT.

Services[edit]

Connections to services on other lines can be made at:

2006 to 2011[edit]

There was an hourly service, usually operated by a Class 156 and calling at all stations. During the peak this was supplemented by Argyle Line services extended from Motherwell to Coatbridge Central.

2011 to May 2014[edit]

There was an hourly service, usually operated by a Class 156; however, Class 158 were occasionally sighted.[2] This called at all stations. During the peak this was supplemented by Argyle Line services extended from Motherwell to Coatbridge Central.

May to December 2014[edit]

There was an hourly service operated by a Class 318 or a Class 320 as the line had by this time been fully electrified. This called at all stations and was supplemented during the peak by Argyle Line services extended from Motherwell to Cumbernauld.

December 2014 onwards[edit]

The hourly EMU service remains in operation, but now fully interworks with Argyle Line services via the Hamilton Circle west of Motherwell. Southbound trains continue via Hamilton & Newton to Dalmuir via Yoker, whilst those in the opposite direction originate at Milngavie.[3]

There is no Sunday service on the route except on the portion between Whifflet & Motherwell (which is served by trains on the Whifflet Line).

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On the right tracks; work sees major change at Cumbernauld train station" Campbell, Scott; Cumbernauld Media news article 19-05-2014; Retrieved 2014-05-19
  2. ^ "158741 at Motherwell about to operate 2D61 Motherwell - Cumbernauld". Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ GB NRT Dec 2014 - May 2015, Tables 225 & 226