Milngavie railway station

Milngavie railway station serves the town of Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, near Glasgow in Scotland. The station is 8+12 miles (13.7 km) north west of Glasgow Central on the Argyle Line and 9 miles (14.5 km) north west of Glasgow Queen Street on the North Clyde Line.

Milngavie

Scottish Gaelic: Muileann-Gaidh[1]
National Rail
Train terminates at Milngavie (geograph 5819031).jpg
General information
LocationMilngavie, East Dunbartonshire
Scotland
Coordinates55°56′28″N 4°18′52″W / 55.9412°N 4.3145°W / 55.9412; -4.3145Coordinates: 55°56′28″N 4°18′52″W / 55.9412°N 4.3145°W / 55.9412; -4.3145
Grid referenceNS555744
Managed byScotRail
Platforms2
Other information
Station codeMLN
Key dates
28 August 1863Opened
Passengers
2016/17Decrease 0.966 million
2017/18Decrease 0.940 million
2018/19Increase 0.945 million
2019/20Decrease 0.913 million
2020/21Decrease 97,076
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

Its principal purpose today is as a commuter station for people working in Glasgow city centre. The station itself is a category B listed building.[2] Milngavie station is generally well kept and has had a history of winning many awards and commendations for the quality of the flower baskets and tubs in station garden competitions.

The station is the usual access point for the 154 km (96 mi) long West Highland Way, a long-distance trail which officially starts in Milngavie town centre marked by a granite obelisk. The first few hundred yards of the way follow the line of short spur of the railway originally built to serve the Ellangowan Paper Mills.

HistoryEdit

 
Milngavie station in 1985

The station was opened on 28 August 1863, and was then part of the Glasgow and Milngavie Junction Railway. Originally built with three platforms, one platform has since been removed. The land where the third platform once stood has been sold and is now the site of a Kwik-Fit garage. The double track line from Hillfoot station was singled in 1990.

During December 2020, the 141 metre long platforms were extended to 205 metres by reinstating 39 metres of unused platform and adding a further 25 metres of new platform. The project costed £5 million.[3]

FacilitiesEdit

Milngavie station has a ticket office, staff facilities, and disabled access. There is no taxi rank, but there is a regular bus service operating from the bus stop outside the station entrance. A pedestrian underpass links the station to the town centre, which is also pedestrianised, and the southern end of the West Highland Way long-distance footpath to Fort William.

SignallingEdit

Milngavie signal box was situated to the south of the station, on the east side of the railway. It opened in 1900 when the line was doubled. A new lever frame with 35 levers was installed in 1959.

The signal box was closed on 21 October 1990 under a resignalling scheme that saw control of the whole North Clyde Line transferred to Yoker Signalling Centre.

ServicesEdit

Passenger services are operated by ScotRail with assistance from Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. Trains to Glasgow operate on a regular schedule, with a departure once every 15 minutes on weekdays. Two trains per hour go to Edinburgh Waverley via Glasgow Queen Street and Bathgate (limited stop) on the North Clyde Line, while the other two travel to Springburn via Glasgow Queen Street also on the North Clyde Line. All Motherwell services now terminate at Dalmuir through the day. [4] In the evenings and on Sundays a half-hourly service operates via Glasgow Central to Motherwell via Blantyre. Return services on the Argyle Line arrive from Larkhall via Hamilton Central. Argyle line services are operated by Class 318, Class 320 and less frequently by Class 334 electric multiple units; services to and from Edinburgh are operated solely by class 334s.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Hillfoot   ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Terminus
Hillfoot   ScotRail
North Clyde Line
  Terminus

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. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Railway Station, Milngavie (Category B Listed Building) (LB37852)". Retrieved 20 March 2019.
  3. ^ "£5m Milngavie station improvement".
  4. ^ Table 225 & 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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