Blackridge railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: An Druim Dubh|
Blackridge station, looking west towards Caldercruix
|Local authority||West Lothian|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Original company||Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway|
|Pre-grouping||North British Railway|
|11 August 1862||Opened as Westcraigs|
|9 January 1956||Closed|
|12 December 2010||Opened|
|National Rail – UK railway stations|
|* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Blackridge from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
|UK Railways portal|
|This section requires expansion. (December 2010)|
The original station in this locale was called Westcraigs built by the Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway. It was also the site of a junction with the Wilsontown, Morningside and Coltness Railway. Opened on 11 August 1862, it subsequently closed with other stations on the line on 9 January 1956. In some timetables the station was called Westcraigs for Harthill.
Blackridge was originally excluded from the plan but after a three-year campaign by the local community, funding has been approved by the Scottish Government at a cost of £5 million. Private housing developer Manorlane agreed to fund 40% of the costs. However, it closed and the funding promise expired. West Lothian Council agreed to take on the burden and expects to recoup the cost from additional expansion in the area. The station opened on 12 December 2010 on a new site, some 600 metres closer to Edinburgh than the previous Westcraigs station.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
North Clyde Line
Line and station open
|Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway
North British Railway
Line open; station closed
- 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 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199.
- Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137.
- RAILSCOT on Bathgate and Coatbridge Railway
- West Craigs station on navigable OS map