Neilston railway station

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For the station on the former Glasgow, Barrhead and Kilmarnock Joint Railway see Neilston Low railway station.
Neilston National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nèill
Neilston Railway Station.jpg
Location
Place Neilston
Local authority East Renfrewshire
Coordinates 55°46′58″N 4°25′37″W / 55.7829°N 4.4269°W / 55.7829; -4.4269Coordinates: 55°46′58″N 4°25′37″W / 55.7829°N 4.4269°W / 55.7829; -4.4269
Grid reference NS479570
Operations
Station code NEI
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 0.451 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.440 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.417 million
2014/15 Increase 0.419 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.408 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE SPT
History
Original company Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 May 1903 Opened[1]
1 January 1917 Closed
1 February 1919 Re-opened
2 June 1924 Renamed Neilston High
6 May 1974 Renamed Neilston
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 Neilston from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Neilston railway station is a railway station in the village of Neilston, East Renfrewshire, Greater Glasgow, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and lies on the Cathcart Circle Lines, 11¾ miles (18 km) south west of Glasgow Central station.

History[edit]

The station was originally opened as part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway on 1 May 1903.[1] It closed between 1 January 1917 and 2 March 1919 due to wartime economy,[1] and upon the grouping of the L&AR into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, the station was renamed Neilston High on 2 June 1924.[1] It was renamed back to Neilston on 6 May 1974 by British Rail.[1]

The station is fully operational today as the terminal station on the Glasgow Central - Neilston line. The railway was electrified in May 1962 (using overhead wires supplying 25kV A.C) and Class 303 "Blue Train" electric multiple units provided almost all trains services for many years thereafter, being joined by the similar Class 311 from 1967. Following withdrawal of the Class 303 and 311, Class 314 have been the mainstay of the service with occasional services operated by Class 318 and Class 334.

The line previously continued southwest to Uplawmoor, but this section closed to passengers in April 1962 and to all traffic in December 1964.[2] British Rail also put forward plans to close the station here in the early 1980s and cut the branch back to Whitecraigs, but the proposals were never implemented.[3]

Layout and Facilities[edit]

Although the station is a terminus, it has kept a conventional two platform layout with separate tracks for arrivals & departures.[4] The two lines merge into a single reversing siding immediately west of the station (on the course of the old L&AR line to Uplawmoor) and terminating trains use this to change platforms before returning east to Glasgow. It is a staffed station, with step-free access to each platform via ramps (although these are quite steep) and a footbridge linking the two.[5] A P.A system and passenger information screens provide train running information.

Services[edit]

2016[edit]

There is a daily half-hourly service from Neilston to Glasgow Central via Queens Park. The typical journey time is 27 minutes.[6]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
Cathcart Circle Lines
  Patterton
Historical railways
Uplawmoor
Line and station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
  Lyoncross
Line open;
station never constructed

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Butt (1995), page 167
  2. ^ Stansfield (1999), page 41
  3. ^ "The Origins of the Neilston Line"Netherlee.org; Retrieved 31 August 2016
  4. ^ "Neilston railway station, Renfrewshire Thompson, Nigel; geograph.org; Retrieved 31 August 2016
  5. ^ Neilston station facilities National Rail Enquiries; Retrieved 30 November 2016
  6. ^ Table 223 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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