Inverurie railway station

Inverurie railway station is a railway station serving the town of Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. It is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the single-track Aberdeen to Inverness Line. It is also the terminus for some trains on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Lines through Aberdeen as part of the Aberdeen Crossrail project. The station, Category B listed, is single storied and has a cupola with windvane.[4][3] The main building, adjacent to the car park to the west, is on platform 1 which is used for most trains at the two-platform through station.

Inverurie National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Inbhir Uaraidh[1]
Inverurie Train 2019 HST.jpg
ScotRail HST at Inverurie Station, June 2019
Location
PlaceInverurie
Local authorityAberdeenshire
Coordinates57°17′12″N 2°22′25″W / 57.2867°N 2.3737°W / 57.2867; -2.3737Coordinates: 57°17′12″N 2°22′25″W / 57.2867°N 2.3737°W / 57.2867; -2.3737
Grid referenceNJ775217
Operations
Station codeINR
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2014/15Increase 0.534 million
2015/16Steady 0.534 million
2016/17Decrease 0.512 million
2017/18Decrease 0.489 million
2018/19Decrease 0.356 million
History
Pre-groupingGreat North of Scotland Railway
20 September 1854[2]Opened as Inverury
1 May 1866[2]Renamed
10 February 1902[2]Resited 805m north
Listed status
Listing gradeCategory B
Entry numberLB46174[3]
Added to list18 May 1999
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 Inverurie from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

HistoryEdit

The first station, then called Inverury Station, was opened on 20 September 1854 on the Great North of Scotland Railway main line which ran between Aberdeen Waterloo and Keith stations. It was situated 805 metres south of the present station.[2] In 1856 it became the junction station for the new Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway branch line to Oldmeldrum. Renamed Inverurie Station in 1866, it was replaced in 1902 with a new building with three platforms at the present location close to the Inverurie Locomotive Works which was then being built.[5] The station ceased to be a junction station in 1931 when the branch line was closed to passengers although freight traffic continued until 1966.[4][6]

ServicesEdit

Dec 2019Edit

  • 11 trains per day (approximately 1 train every 2 hours) between Aberdeen and Inverness, calling at all stations. One per day continues to Edinburgh Waverley and one to Stonehaven. One per day originates from Dundee, and another from Glasgow Queen Street
  • Approximately 1 train per hour southbound to Montrose, calling at all stations. This starts from Inverurie.
  • Additional shuttle services between here and Aberdeen to fill gaps in the service, giving 2 - 3 trains per hour between here and Aberdeen. One train per day originates from Huntly.[7]

2018 ImprovementsEdit

Service frequencies improved here from 2018 as part of the timetable recast funded by Transport Scotland. A new "Aberdeen Crossrail" commuter service was introduced from here to Montrose, which calls at all intermediate stations en route once per hour.[8] There are now at least two departures each hour to Aberdeen, with the existing through services to Inverness, Edinburgh & Glasgow maintained or increased in number. A £170 million project to upgrade the Aberdeen to Inverness route saw the line from Aberdeen redoubled in between June and August 2019.[9]

Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction RailwayEdit

The branch line to Oldmeldrum was opened by the Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway company in 1856 and ran via Lethenty to Old Meldrum station (as it was then called). Fingask was opened in 1866 and the company was absorbed into the Great North of Scotland Railway also in that year. A proposed extension to the Banff, Macduff and Turriff Junction Railway was considered but this was never built. The line was closed for passengers in 1931 and for freight in 1966.[10]

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Dyce   Abellio ScotRail
Aberdeen to Inverness Line
  Insch
Dyce   Abellio ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
  Terminus
Dyce   Abellio ScotRail
Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
  Terminus
  Historical railways  
Kintore
Line open; Station closed
  Great North of Scotland Railway
GNoSR Main Line
  Inveramsay
Line open; Station closed
Terminus   Great North of Scotland Railway
Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway
  Lethenty

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b c d Butt 1995, p. 128
  3. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "Inverurie Railway Station  (Category B) (LB46174)". Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Inverurie, Station Road, Inverury Railway Station". Canmore. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  5. ^ "Inverurie, Old Station". Canmore. Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  6. ^ "Chronology for Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway". RAILSCOT. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  7. ^ ScotRail. "Inverness to Aberdeen Dec 2019 Timetable" (PDF). scotrail.co.uk. ScotRail. Retrieved 15 December 2019.
  8. ^ "‘Rail revolution’ means 200 more services and 20,000 more seats for Scots passengers" Archived 2016-08-20 at the Wayback MachineTransport Scotland press release 15 March 2016; Retrieved 19 August 2016
  9. ^ "Aberdeen to Inverness Rail Improvement Project, Scotland"Railway-technology.com article; Retrieved 19 August 2016
  10. ^ "Inverury and Old Meldrum Junction Railway". A History of Britain's Railways. RAILSCOT. Retrieved 30 March 2013.

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