Newton (Lanark) railway station

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Newton National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Am Baile Ùr
Newton station 2011.JPG
Place Cambuslang
Local authority South Lanarkshire
Coordinates 55°49′08″N 4°08′01″W / 55.8188°N 4.1337°W / 55.8188; -4.1337Coordinates: 55°49′08″N 4°08′01″W / 55.8188°N 4.1337°W / 55.8188; -4.1337
Grid reference NS693608
Station code NTN
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 0.516 million
2012/13 Increase 0.524 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.505 million
2014/15 Increase 0.569 million
2015/16 Increase 0.585 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
Original company Clydesdale Junction Railway
Pre-grouping Caledonian Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 June 1849 Original station opened
19 December 1873 Closed; new station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Newton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal

Newton railway station is a railway station located between the neighbourhoods of Drumsagard and Newton in the town of Cambuslang (Greater Glasgow), Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail on the Argyle and Cathcart Circle Lines.


The original Newton station was opened as part of the Clydesdale Junction Railway on 1 June 1849. The station also served the Hamilton Branch of the Caledonian Railway. It closed on 19 December 1873 and a new station was opened 662 yards (605 m) due west on the same day. The station later served trains to and from the Glasgow Central Railway and the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway, though neither route survived beyond the mid 1960s - the GCR route via Carmyle closed on 5 October 1964, whilst the L&AR ceased to carry passenger traffic through to the coast as long ago as 1932, with complete closure beyond Neilston following in December 1964. The remainder still forms part of the Cathcart Circle Lines, but there are no longer any through services from here to stations between Muirend & Neilston - passengers must change at Mount Florida.

Station information[edit]

Newton station forms part of the Argyle Line 6 miles (10 km) south east of Glasgow Central (Low Level) and is also a terminus for the Cathcart Circle (Newton branch) 10 miles (16 km) south east of Glasgow Central (High Level).

Newton is also the location of a junction between the West Coast Main Line and the Argyle/Cathcart Circle routes; it is at this point Argyle Line services leave the West Coast Main Line en route to the Hamilton Circle. This junction was the location of the Newton rail crash in 1991 when four people were killed and 22 injured.[1]

The extant platforms are located on the former slow lines through the station. The fast line platforms were removed at the time of the Cathcart Circle electrification. To the west of the station the lines from the Cathcart Circle are joined by a link line from the WCML. To the east of the station the line splits with one line heading southeast on the Hamilton circle, and link line heading towards Uddingston on the WCML. This link line also contains a turnback siding. At the time of its opening, all Argyle Line trains towards Uddingston and Bellshill stopped at Newton. Since the 1990/91 remodelling Argyle Line trains toward Bellshill no longer stop at the station. Shotts Line services via Uddingston and Intercity services pass the station on the main lines. The 2010/11 service had most Larkhall trains passing through the station without stopping.

Improvements at Newton station made around 2013 include the installation of a passenger footbridge with lifts and the expansion of the car park which now contains approximately 250 places. [2]

There is a small cairn located at the drop-off zone of the station car park erected by Pride Of Place community environmental programme [3] in memory of the workers of the large Hallside Steelworks which was located immediately to the south of the station. Another similar memorial cairn organised by Pride Of Place is on Gilbertfield Road, Cambuslang commemorating the soldiers from the area who marched the route to Newton station in order to go off to war.

Stages of electrification and subsequent layout changes[edit]

British Railways undertook major railway electrification in the Greater Glasgow Area in the 1960s which was continued by British Rail with the West Coast Main Line into the 1970s.

The Slow line platforms were electrified as part of the 1962 Cathcart Circle scheme through to Motherwell via the West Coast Main Line. The fast line platforms were taken out of use at this time.

The next electrification work was part of the 1974 West Coast Main Line electrication project when the Hamilton Circle was electrified. This layout was retained when the Argyle Line opened in 1979.

Following the closure of adjacent (to the south) steel works and East Coast Main Line electrification, the junction layout was revised in 1990/91 to allow Fast Line trains to pass through at higher speeds. It was as a result of these revisions that single lead junctions from the Kirkhill and Cambuslang directions were installed, that contributed to the Newton rail crash. After several months a double line link was reinstated from Kirkhill.



Following the opening of the Argyle Line there were three Hamilton circle trains in each way per hour (anti-clockwise - Hamilton then Motherwell; clockwise - Bellshill then Motherwell) and four trains per hour via Kirkhill to Glasgow Central (two via Langside and two via Mount Florida. Lanark trains ran non-stop on the adjacent Fast lines.


On the Argyle Line, there are two Motherwell via Hamilton Central-bound services an hour: one an hour terminating in Motherwell and one continuing to Lanark. There are two per hour towards Glasgow Central and Milngavie (Balloch on Sundays).

On the Cathcart Circle, a half-hourly service operates from Newton every day. One journey per hour goes via Mount Florida and the other via Langside.


The service on the Hamilton Circle line remains the same, with trains heading southbound to Motherwell every half-hour (and hourly onwards to Lanark) and northbound to Milngavie. A limited number of peak trains run to/from Coatbridge Central via Whifflet.

Services on the Larkhall line normally do not call here, save for a few peak period trains. On Sundays the Balloch to Motherwell via Hamilton trains call half-hourly.[4]

Services on the Cathcart Circle line start & terminate here, with trains running every half-hour to/from Central High Level (including Sundays) alternately via Mount Florida & via Maxwell Park. Additional services run during weekday peak periods.[5]


The December 2014 timetable change has seen significant alterations to Argyle Line services through the station. Trains to Motherwell still run every half-hour via Hamilton, but alternate services now continue to Cumbernauld via Whifflet rather than Lanark. Also all Larkhall branch trains now call in each direction, giving four departures per hour northbound - these all now run to Dalmuir (alternately via Clydebank & via Singer) rather than Milngavie (passengers must change at Rutherglen or Partick for the latter).[6]

On Sundays, the Motherwell services now run to/from Milngavie every 30 minutes and there is an hourly service calling each way on the Larkhall to Balloch route.

The service pattern on the Cathcart Circle line remains unchanged, with two trains per hour (plus peak extras) to/from Central High Level alternating via Mount Florida & Maxwell Park (including Sundays).


Further changes to the timetable have seen direct services to Milngavie reinstated (these run to/from Larkhall every 30 minutes throughout the day). The service pattern otherwise remains unchanged.[7]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Blantyre   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line
Kirkhill   Abellio ScotRail
Cathcart Circle (Newton branch)
Historical railways
Terminus   Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
Line closed;
station open on another route
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway
Line and station open
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Hamilton Branch



  1. ^ "A Report of an Inquiry into the Collision that occurred on 21 July 1991 at Newton Junction" (PDF). Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  2. ^ "PST Park & Ride Facilities". 
  3. ^ "South Lanarkshire Council – Pride Of Place". 
  4. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 226
  5. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013-14, Table 223
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2014-15, Table 225
  7. ^ Table 223, 225 & 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016