Muirend railway station

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Scottish Gaelic: Ceann an t-Slèibh[1]
National Rail
Muirend railway station.jpg
View north from Muirend Road entrance
General information
LocationMuirend, Glasgow
Coordinates55°48′36″N 4°16′26″W / 55.8101°N 4.2739°W / 55.8101; -4.2739Coordinates: 55°48′36″N 4°16′26″W / 55.8101°N 4.2739°W / 55.8101; -4.2739
Grid referenceNS575597
Managed byScotRail
Transit authoritySPT
Other information
Station codeMUI
ClassificationDfT category E
Original companyLanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Key dates
1 May 1903Opened
2017/18Increase 0.402 million
2018/19Increase 0.429 million
2019/20Decrease 0.390 million
2020/21Decrease 52,254
2021/22Increase 0.178 million
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Muirend railway station is an island platform suburban railway station in the Muirend area of Glasgow, Scotland. The station, which opened in 1903, is managed by ScotRail and lies on the Neilston branch of the Cathcart Circle Lines.


The station was opened by the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway on 1 May 1903,[2] as part of an extension from that company's previous northern terminus at Giffen to a junction with the Cathcart District Railway at Cathcart. The route was completed through to Newton (on what is now the West Coast Main Line) the following year, giving the L&AR a route between Lanarkshire and the coast at Ardrossan independent of the Glasgow and South Western Railway. Though the line carried freight and express boat trains from Adrossan to Glasgow Central, Muirend was only ever served by local suburban workings. A connection was laid in south of the station down to the Busby Railway at Clarkston around the same time as the L&AR main line was opened, but it was never used for through traffic (only for wagon storage) and was disconnected by 1907 (though the brick viaduct it used still stands to this day),[3] and only the crossover underneath the road bridge immediately south of the station remains of the kilometre long branch. Through passenger traffic over this route declined significantly after the 1923 Grouping and regular passenger trains were withdrawn beyond Uplawmoor in 1932.

Services through here were converted to diesel operation from 1958 and the Cathcart lines were subsequently electrified in 1962 (though the wires only ran as far as Neilston, the line beyond closing to passengers in April 1962 and completely in December 1964). Through trains to Kirkhill & Newton also ended at this time, with passengers henceforth having to change at Mount Florida. With popular demand, these services were reinstated in the 1980s. With electrification came the Class 303 'Blue Train' EMUs, which operated the Cathcart Circle and its branches until their withdrawal in the early 2000s. Class 314 EMUs cascaded from the Inverclyde routes by the introduction of the Class 334 Juniper EMUs took over workings, and were only replaced on the route a couple of months before their final withdrawal in December 2019.

British Rail and SPTE proposals published in the early 1980s would have seen the Clarkston spur reopened and used by re-routed trains to/from East Kilbride, which would have then run to Glasgow Central via Cathcart & Queens Park. The scheme would also have seen the East Kilbride branch electrified, but the Clarkston to Busby Junction section closed (along with Patterton and Neilston stations, with the line cut back to Whitecraigs). The proposals were not well received and were never implemented.[3]

Services and facilities[edit]

Services are now operated mainly by 4 car Class 380/1 EMUs, with the 3 coach Class 318 EMUs and Class 320 EMUs working together to provide 6 coach services at peak times. Two trains an hour operate in each direction calling all stops from Glasgow Central to Neilston. Additionally, additional peak time services operate between Central and Neilston, calling only from Muirend through to the terminus. Sunday services are also half hourly, but start around 3 hours later than on other days.

The station has an island platform with a ramp providing access directly to the platform from Muirend Road at the south end of the station. At the north end, there is footbridge access to and from Hillcrest Avenue and Cairndow Court. The station building (which is a Category B listed building)[4] contains a ticket office which is staffed on a part-time basis. An automated ticket machine is present.



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Butt, page 165
  3. ^ a b "The Origins of the Neilston Line" Archived 16 September 2016 at the Wayback; Retrieved 31 August 2016
  4. ^ Historic structures on Scotland's active railways Archived 22 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine


  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (October 1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199. OL 11956311M.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.

External links[edit]

Media related to Muirend railway station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Williamwood   ScotRail
Cathcart Circle Lines
  Historical railways  
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  Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Line and station open