West Calder railway station

West Calder railway station is a railway station serving West Calder in West Lothian, Scotland. It is located on the Shotts Line, 17 miles (28 km) west of Edinburgh Waverley on the way to Glasgow Central. The station has two platforms, connected by a stairway footbridge, and CCTV. It is managed by Abellio ScotRail. In 2018, accessibility improvements at the station saw the installation of a new footbridge and lifts while the original cast iron footbridge dismantled and removed to the heritage Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway.[4][3]

West Calder

Scottish Gaelic: Caladar an Iar[1]
National Rail
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West Calder station in 2019, following electrification
LocationWest Calder, West Lothian
Coordinates55°51′13″N 3°34′02″W / 55.8537°N 3.5671°W / 55.8537; -3.5671Coordinates: 55°51′13″N 3°34′02″W / 55.8537°N 3.5671°W / 55.8537; -3.5671
Grid referenceNT019633
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Other information
Station codeWCL
Key dates
9 July 1869Opened[2]
2015/16Increase 0.136 million
2016/17Decrease 0.132 million
2017/18Decrease 0.129 million
2018/19Decrease 0.123 million
2019/20Increase 0.129 million
Listed Building – Category B
Designated3 May 1988
Reference no.LB19677[3]
Passenger statistics from the Office of Rail and Road


Since the December 2009 timetable change, the station is currently served, Monday to Saturday, by one ScotRail all-stops service each hour between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley. There is also a semi-fast service between the two cities each hour which calls (this otherwise stops only at Haymarket, Livingston South, Shotts and Bellshill). One train a day from Edinburgh terminates at Motherwell and one starts back from there in the opposite direction.[5]

The timetable featured a limited Sunday service of one train every two hours from this station to Edinburgh until December 2012; at the timetable change that year a two-hourly Sunday service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley was introduced which remains in operation as of May 2016.[6]

The passenger traction on this line is the Class 380 and Class 385.

Preceding station   National Rail Following station
Livingston South   Abellio ScotRail
Shotts Line


During the Midlothian Campaign of 1878–80 William Ewart Gladstone, leader of Britain's Liberal Party, visited West Calder to give a foreign policy speech. Again on 21 November he returned during the 1885 United Kingdom general election to give another speech.



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 245.
  3. ^ a b Historic Environment Scotland. "West Calder Station, West Calder (LB19677)". Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Investment in West Calder gives station accessibility a lift". Network Rail. Retrieved 12 March 2019.
  5. ^ Table 224 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  6. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 2013, Table 225


  • Brailsford, Martyn, ed. (December 2017) [1987]. Railway Track Diagrams 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (6th ed.). Frome: Trackmaps. ISBN 978-0-9549866-9-8.
  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0. OCLC 22311137.

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