Uphall railway station

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Uphall National Rail
Uphall railway station - Geograph-2176901-by-Jim-Smillie.jpg
Location
Place Livingston
Local authority West Lothian
Coordinates 55°55′08″N 3°30′08″W / 55.9190°N 3.5022°W / 55.9190; -3.5022Coordinates: 55°55′08″N 3°30′08″W / 55.9190°N 3.5022°W / 55.9190; -3.5022
Grid reference NT061705
Operations
Station code UHA
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 0.325 million
2012/13 Increase 0.431 million
2013/14 Increase 0.511 million
2014/15 Increase 0.558 million
2015/16 Increase 0.582 million
History
Original company Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
Pre-grouping North British Railway
Post-grouping London and North Eastern Railway
12 November 1849 Opened as Houston[1]
1 August 1865 Renamed Uphall[1][2]
9 January 1956 Closed[2]
24 March 1986 Reopened[2]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Uphall from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Uphall railway station serves the village of Uphall Station and some areas of Livingston in West Lothian, Scotland. It is located on the North Clyde Line, 12½ miles (20 km) west of Edinburgh.

History[edit]

The station was opened as Houston by the Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway on 12 November 1849.[1] On 1 August 1856 it was renamed as Uphall.[1][2] The station closed on 9 January 1956.[2]

Uphall Station was a large hub, centred on West Lothian oil production and shale mining. The area has changed beyond recognition in recent years. Before the M8 was constructed, Uphall oil works lay just north of the station, with extensive exchange sidings located next to the station. A branch continued north to Uphall, then swung eastward just south of Ecclesmachan (where a branch from Threemiletown joined). The line continued to the Greendykes area of Broxburn, (Albyn or Albion Oil works) where it connected with the lines from Broxburn junction (Winchburgh) (the Broxburn Railway) and Drumshoreland.

Just to the east of the station lay Uphall Jct., connecting the Camps Branch. This line, 3 miles and 52 chains in length, began with a large set of exchange sidings adjacent to the E&B, and served various sidings, the Pumpherston Oil Co., East Calder and terminated at Raw Camps (Torrance's) quarry. The NBR Camps branch formed a junction with the Caledonian Camps branch at Camps Goods station. The course of these lines can be seen on Ordnance Survey Maps One-inch "Popular" edition.[3]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Edinburgh Park   Abellio ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  Livingston North
Historical railways
Drumshoreland
Line open; station closed
  North British Railway
Edinburgh and Bathgate Railway
  Bangour
Line and station closed
    Livingston
Line open; station closed

Reopening[edit]

The station's reopening, with a single platform, came as part of the reopening of the Edinburgh to Bathgate Line on 24 March 1986.[2] Ever since, train services at Uphall were normally operated by diesel multiple units (initially Class 101s, then from 1987 Class 150s and by 2008 Class 158 or Class 170s). The station was reopened by British Rail.

The railway was electrified in October 2010 as part of the Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link, which resulted in a second platform being brought into service in October 2008. As of December 2010, all trains on the Uphall station line are electrified with passenger usage increasing dramatically due to the reliability of the trains, increased frequency (every 15 minutes Monday - Saturday during peak times) and the short journey times (15-20 minutes into the centre of Edinburgh).

Service[edit]

Winter 2010/11 (From 12 December 2010)[edit]

During the week there is an eastbound service to Edinburgh every 15 minutes which takes between 15-20 minutes to reach the centre of Edinburgh and 10 minutes to reach Edinburgh Park. An westbound service of two trains per hour to Milngavie and two trains per hour to Helensburgh Central, both via Glasgow operates 6 days a week as well (half hourly to Helensburgh only in the evening & on Sunday).[4] The early morning commuter trains to Edinburgh are exceptionally popular to such an extent there is commonly no available parking at the station after 8.30am, this has pushed house prices within walking of the distance of the rail station up in recent years as passenger numbers have grown by around 35-40% a year to an estimated 600,000 in 2013/14.

The station has shelter and a ticket machine, no ticket barriers. Through the week a coffee stall operates in the car park.

Access[edit]

A car parking area is located to the north and south of the station.

The only access between platforms is by public footway beyond either end of the station. At the eastern end this is via an underpass. The walking time between platforms, or between eastbound platform and car park is around 2 minutes.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butt (1995), page 124
  2. ^ a b c d e f Butt (1995), page 237
  3. ^ "Sheet 73 - Falkirk & Motherwell (1926)". 
  4. ^ Table 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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