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Bellshill railway station is a railway station in the town of Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and served by Argyle Line and Shotts Line services. The station is adjacent to Bellshill Main Street, on Hamilton Road, and was opened by the Caledonian Railway as part of the Cleland and Midcalder Line on 1 May 1879.[1] West of the station, the Glasgow, Bothwell, Hamilton and Coatbridge Railway crossed with a second station in the town to the north west - this ceased to carry passengers back in 1951.

Bellshill National Rail
Bellshill railway station in 2008.jpg
Location
PlaceBellshill
Local authorityNorth Lanarkshire
Coordinates55°49′02″N 4°01′27″W / 55.8171°N 4.0243°W / 55.8171; -4.0243Coordinates: 55°49′02″N 4°01′27″W / 55.8171°N 4.0243°W / 55.8171; -4.0243
Grid referenceNS732600
Operations
Station codeBLH
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.824 million
– Interchange Decrease 44,971
2014/15Increase 0.861 million
– Interchange Increase 47,373
2015/16Increase 0.879 million
– Interchange Decrease 40,776
2016/17Decrease 0.852 million
– Interchange Increase 60,782
2017/18Decrease 0.816 million
– Interchange Decrease 51,132
History
Original companyCR (Cleland and Midcalder Line)
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMS
1 May 1879Opened[1]
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Bellshill from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK railways portal

The line through the station was electrified as part of the 1974 West Coast Main Line project.[2]

Bellshill station in 1961

Although it is situated east of the Shotts Line's junction with the WCML south of Uddingston, electric trains can reach Motherwell using a chord line to the route from Coatbridge Central and Mossend which passes beneath the Shotts route east of the station (these lines being wired to allow electric access to the yard at Mossend and to allow goods trains to avoid the busy Motherwell area).

ServicesEdit

The service Mondays-Saturdays is:

  • 2tph to Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts
  • 2tph to Lanark via Motherwell
  • 4tph to Glasgow Central High Level

There are additional peak trains to Anderston via Central L.L. and to Carstairs (both via Shieldmuir and via Holytown), and infrequent services on the North Berwick Line.[3] Regular daytime services through to Partick and beyond via Central L.L. ended at the December 2014 timetable change.

On a Sunday, the pattern is as follows:

  • 1tph to Lanark via Motherwell
  • 1tph to Motherwell
  • 1tp2h to Edinburgh Waverley
  • 2tph to Glasgow Central
Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Motherwell   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Uddingston
Holytown   Abellio ScotRail
Shotts Line
  Uddingston
  Historical railways  
Holytown
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Cleland and Midcalder Line
  Uddingston
Line and station open

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 32
  2. ^ Nock (1974)
  3. ^ GB eNRT May 2016 Edition, Table 225 (Network Rail)

BibliographyEdit

  • 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.
  • 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 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.
  • Jowett, Alan (2000). Jowett's Nationalised Railway Atlas (1st ed.). Penryn, Cornwall: Atlantic Transport Publishers. ISBN 978-0-906899-99-1. OCLC 228266687.
  • Nock, O.S. (1974). Electric Euston to Glasgow (1st ed.). London: Ian Allan Limited. ISBN 0-7110-0530-3. OCLC 2283378.
  • RAILSCOT on Cleland and Midcalder Line
  • Bellshill railway station on historic OS Map