Portlethen railway station

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Scottish Gaelic: Port Leathain[1]
National Rail
Portlethen railway station.jpg
LocationPortlethen, Aberdeenshire
Coordinates57°03′41″N 2°07′41″W / 57.0614°N 2.1280°W / 57.0614; -2.1280Coordinates: 57°03′41″N 2°07′41″W / 57.0614°N 2.1280°W / 57.0614; -2.1280
Grid referenceNO923967
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codePLN
Key dates
1 April 1850Opened
11 June 1956Closed
17 May 1985Reopened
2016/17Decrease 45,936
2017/18Decrease 42,748
2018/19Increase 46,722
2019/20Increase 63,420
2020/21Decrease 14,210
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Portlethen railway station serves the town of Portlethen in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. The station was opened on 1 April 1850. After closure in 1956, the station was reopened nearly 30 years later on 17 May 1985.

Station usage[edit]

Overview of the station

In the year 2004–2005, Portlethen station attracted just under 11,000 (combined entry/exit) passengers,[clarification needed] including 3,746 (combined entry/exit) season ticket journeys. By 2006–07, the annual number of passengers had increased to over 21,000 and by 2012-13 carried around 28,000 passengers per year. In 2014/15 that had increased to 57,152.

Portlethen had a somewhat limited service, with trains only calling early in the morning and evening peaks and at night times with large gaps at certain times during the day, but an improved timetable has accounted for much of the growth in recent years. In the May 2016 timetable, there are 9 northbound and 11 southbound departures on Mondays to Saturdays and 5 each way on Sundays.[2] Trains run southbound to both Glasgow Queen Street via Perth and Edinburgh Waverley, though certain evening trains only run as far as Stonehaven. With the December 2018 timetable change, Portlethen now has an approximately hourly service.[3]


There is one train per hour in each direction between Montrose and Inverurie.[4]


  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ GB National Rail Timetable, May - December 2016 Edition, Table 229
  3. ^ "Passengers urged to check new train times". 9 December 2018. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
  4. ^ "Edinburgh & Glasgow - Dundee / Aberdeen" (PDF). ScotRail.
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Stonehaven   Abellio ScotRail
Dundee–Aberdeen line
  Historical railways  
Line open; Station closed
  Aberdeen Railway   Cove Bay
Line open; Station closed