Port Glasgow railway station

Port Glasgow railway station is on the Inverclyde Line, serving the town of Port Glasgow, Scotland. It is located in the town centre with the main entrance at the junction of Princes Street and John Wood Street.

Port Glasgow

Scottish Gaelic: Port Ghlaschu[1]
National Rail
Port Glasgow 2015 1.JPG
General information
LocationPort Glasgow, Inverclyde
Scotland
Coordinates55°56′01″N 4°41′25″W / 55.9335°N 4.6902°W / 55.9335; -4.6902Coordinates: 55°56′01″N 4°41′25″W / 55.9335°N 4.6902°W / 55.9335; -4.6902
Grid referenceNS320744
Managed byScotRail
Platforms2
Other information
Station codePTG
Key dates
31 March 1841Opened
Passengers
2016/17Increase 0.552 million
2017/18Increase 0.562 million
2018/19Decrease 0.541 million
2019/20Decrease 0.518 million
2020/21Decrease 73,910
 Interchange 253
Notes
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road

It opened on 31 March 1841, being one of the intermediate stations on the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway which opened on that date.[2] It later became a junction in 1865, when the branch to Wemyss Bay was opened. The main line was then extended to Gourock in 1889 by the Caledonian Railway.

The two lines diverge to the west of the station, with the Wemyss Bay branch now mostly single track all the way to the terminus; the Gourock line is double throughout. Both lines were electrified in 1967 by British Rail using the 25 kV AC system, with the branch partially singled as part of the modernisation work. A (now disused) connection to the former Glasgow and South Western Railway station at Greenock diverged from the branch line a short distance west of the junction. The old station was used for a period (circa 1971–84) as a container terminal, but was officially closed in September 1991.[3]

There was a bay platform at the west end of the station for services to Wemyss Bay. The platform was located on the south side of the line and is now infilled – prior to electrification, it was used for carriages which were added to (and on return detached from) Wemyss Bay trains.

ServicesEdit

Port Glasgow is the only station on the Inverclyde Line where all passenger services stop.[4] There are five trains per hour from the station eastbound on weekday & Saturday daytimes to Paisley & Glasgow Central – four originate from Gourock and one from Wemyss Bay. Three of these are limited stop (including that from Wemyss Bay), whilst the others call at all intermediate stations en route. Westbound, the same frequency operates – hourly to Wemyss Bay, 2 per hour fast to Greenock Central and then all stations to Gourock and 2 per hour that stop at all stations to Gourock. In the evening, there are two trains per hour to Gourock, one to Wemyss Bay and three to Glasgow Central, whilst on Sundays there is a half-hourly service to Glasgow and hourly to both Gourock & Wemyss Bay.[5] Most trains are now operated by Class 380 EMUs.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Bogston or Greenock Central   ScotRail
Inverclyde Line (to Gourock)
  Woodhall or Bishopton
Whinhill   ScotRail
Inverclyde Line (to Wemyss Bay)
 
  Historical railways  
Bogston
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
  Langbank
Line and station open
Upper Greenock
Line open; station closed
  Caledonian Railway
Greenock and Wemyss Bay Railway
  connection to
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway

GalleryEdit

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. ^ "Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway" Archived 16 April 2016 at the Wayback Machine Crawford, E Railscot; Retrieved 2 September 2016
  3. ^ "Union Street Tunnel" Archived 24 November 2018 at the Wayback MachineForgotten Relics; Retrieved 2 September 2016
  4. ^ Inverclyde Line timetable
  5. ^ Table 219 National Rail timetable, May 2016

SourcesEdit

External linksEdit

  Media related to Port Glasgow railway station at Wikimedia Commons