West Kilbride railway station

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West Kilbride National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Cille Bhrìghde an Iar
Station, West Kilbride - geograph.org.uk - 692912.jpg
The former station building
Location
Place West Kilbride
Local authority North Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°41′48″N 4°51′05″W / 55.6967°N 4.8514°W / 55.6967; -4.8514Coordinates: 55°41′48″N 4°51′05″W / 55.6967°N 4.8514°W / 55.6967; -4.8514
Grid reference NS208484
Operations
Station code WKB
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Decrease 0.193 million
2012/13 Increase 0.194 million
2013/14 Decrease 0.187 million
2014/15 Decrease 0.184 million
2015/16 Decrease 0.171 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE Strathclyde Partnership for Transport
History
Original company G&SWR Largs Branch
Post-grouping LMS
1 May 1878 Opened[1]
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 West Kilbride from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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West Kilbride railway station is a railway station in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Ayrshire Coast Line.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 May 1878 by the Glasgow and South Western Railway as part of the extension of the former Ardrossan Railway to Largs.[1] The present station building was designed in 1900 by the noted architect James Miller.[2] Originally a two platform station, the southbound platform was demolished as part of the electrification works in 1985. The former northbound line (to Largs) is electrified and signalled for bi-directional working, being used by passenger trains for both directions, and by northbound freight trains to the Hunterston Terminal. The former southbound track is signalled for southbound working only and is not electrified, being used by southbound trains from Hunterston. The station building still stands but is no longer used as part of the station itself. Since the ticket office closed the building has been home to shops and cafés, and currently holds a restaurant.

Services[edit]

An hourly service operates in each direction off-peak on weekdays and all weekend, northbound to Largs and southbound to Ardrossan South Beach, Kilwinning and then on to Glasgow Central. Some extra trains run at peak times. Typical journey times to Glasgow are 48-54 minutes (depending on stopping pattern).[3]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 245
  2. ^ Dictionary of Scottish Architects: James Miller
  3. ^ Table 221 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • Butt, R. V. J. (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. 
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Fairlie   Abellio ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
  Ardrossan South Beach
Historical railways
Fairlie
Line and station open
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Largs Branch
  Ardrossan South Beach
Line and station open
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Largs Branch
  Ardrossan Town
Line closed, station open

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