Lanark railway station
|Scottish Gaelic: Lannraig|
Platform 2 at Lanark railway station, looking towards the ticket office
|Local authority||South Lanarkshire|
|Managed by||Abellio ScotRail|
|Number of platforms||2|
|Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections|
from National Rail Enquiries
|Annual rail passenger usage*|
|Passenger Transport Executive|
|PTE||Strathclyde Partnership for Transport|
|Original company||Lanark Railway|
|Post-grouping||London, Midland and Scottish Railway|
|1 April 1864||Station 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 Lanark from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.|
Lanark station opened in 1855, as the terminus of a short branch line off the Caledonian Railway's West Coast Main Line. The branch had a triangular junction with the main line to allow trains from Lanark to head west towards Carluke or east to Carstairs. The eastern curve closed in the 1960s.There was another triangular junction closer to Lanark station itself. This is just north of the golf course and the embankments aree still clearly visible (summer 2017) these were the two curves leading from the Lanark branch towards Muirkirk and Ayreshire and Lanark racecourse halt of course. <viewed personally at that time J Brownlee>
In 1864, a line south from Lanark to Douglas was opened, and in 1874 it was extended to Muirkirk in Ayrshire, where it formed an end-on junction with the Glasgow and South Western Railway. That line closed in 1964.
Alternate services on this route formerly ran via Holytown and all trains continued via the Argyle Line to the north west suburbs of the city, but following a recast of the timetable in the wake of the electrification of the Whifflet Line, these now run to/from High Level instead and run fast beyond Cambuslang.
There are no southbound or eastbound services, as the branch only has a northbound chord connecting it to the West Coast Main Line (WCML) at Lanark Junction. There have been calls for the southbound chord to be reconnected, to allow direct services from Lanark to Edinburgh, however the route has subsequently been re-used for housing.
|Preceding station||National Rail||Following station|
Branch to Douglas & G&SWR
- Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) . "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
- "National Rail Enquiries - Station Facilities for Lanark". National Rail. Retrieved 21 June 2010.
- GB National Rail Timetable 2015-16, Table 225 (Network Rail)
- GB NRT May 2014, Table 226
- Call for direct Lanark to Edinburgh rail link return Harris, Ron; Carluke Gazette article 7 April 2014