Larkhall railway station

Larkhall railway station serves the town of Larkhall, South Lanarkshire, Scotland. The station is the south-eastern terminus of the Argyle Line, 16+14 miles (26.2 km) south east of Glasgow Central railway station.

Larkhall

Scottish Gaelic: Taigh na h-Uiseig[1]
National Rail
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General information
LocationLarkhall, South Lanarkshire
Scotland
Coordinates55°44′20″N 3°58′31″W / 55.7390°N 3.9753°W / 55.7390; -3.9753Coordinates: 55°44′20″N 3°58′31″W / 55.7390°N 3.9753°W / 55.7390; -3.9753
Grid referenceNS760513
Managed byScotRail Trains
Transit authoritySPT
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeLRH
Key dates
1 July 1905Opened as Larkhall Central
4 October 1965Closed to passengers
4 November 1968Line Closed
12 December 2005Re-opened
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.434 million
2017/18Decrease 0.386 million
2018/19Decrease 0.355 million
2019/20Decrease 0.354 million
2020/21Decrease 32,382
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

HistoryEdit

 
Larkhall station on the first day of opening to the general public

The station was originally opened as Larkhall Central on 1 July 1905 by the Caledonian Railway as part of their Mid Lanark Lines which filled in various gaps around Larkhall, Stonehouse, Strathaven and Blackwood. It closed to passengers on 4 October 1965.[2]

Re-openingEdit

Forty years after closure, the station was officially reopened on 9 December 2005 by Jack McConnell MSP, the then First Minister for Scotland. Passenger services started on 12 December 2005, with trains serving the Argyle Line.

Future improvementsEdit

In March 2007, there was speculation that the line may be extended beyond Larkhall station, to stations in Stonehouse and Strathaven.

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport are expected to fund a feasibility study into reopening the section of line to Stonehouse at some time in 2008.[3]

ServicesEdit

From opening in December 2005, trains run every 30 minutes to Glasgow Central and beyond to Dalmuir. As of May 2016, they run to Milngavie instead, but southbound arrivals still originate from Dalmuir.[4]

An hourly Sunday service started from December 2007 on a one-year trial basis. This trial has been successful, and the hourly Sunday service is now a permanent feature. It runs to Balloch via Clydebank.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Terminus   ScotRail
Argyle Line - Larkhall Branch
  Merryton
  Historical railways  
Stonehouse
Line and station closed
  Mid Lanark Lines
Caledonian Railway
  Ferniegair
Line and station open

Argyle Line services are currently operated by Class 318s and Class 320s.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. "Gaelic/English Station Index". Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  2. ^ Chrionology for Coalburn Branch Crawford, E, Railscot; Retrieved 31 August 2016
  3. ^ SPT news Archived 2007-12-27 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Table 225 & 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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