Carmyle railway station

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Carmyle National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Cair Maol[1]
Carmyle railway station, Glasgow (geograph 3699708).jpg
The station in 2013, before electrification
Local authorityGlasgow
Coordinates55°50′03″N 4°09′29″W / 55.8343°N 4.1581°W / 55.8343; -4.1581Coordinates: 55°50′03″N 4°09′29″W / 55.8343°N 4.1581°W / 55.8343; -4.1581
Grid referenceNS649622
Station codeCML
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 0.132 million
2014/15Decrease 0.131 million
2015/16Increase 0.132 million
2016/17Increase 0.155 million
2017/18Decrease 0.138 million
Original companyRutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
1 August 1866Opened[2]
1897Glasgow Central Railway services commence
5 October 1964Closed[2]
4 October 1993Re-opened[2]
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Carmyle from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.

Carmyle railway station is located in the Carmyle area of Glasgow. It is on the Argyle Line, 5½ miles (9 km) east of Glasgow Central railway station. Train services are provided by Abellio ScotRail.


Carmyle station was opened in 1866 by the Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway on their route between Coatbridge and Glasgow; the line had originally been commissioned in 1865, but for goods traffic only - passenger services started on 1 August the following year, with Carmyle opening on that date.[3]

Thirty years later it became a junction, upon the opening of the Glasgow Central Railway route from Bridgeton (then known as Bridgeton Cross) in 1897;[4] this intersected the older route at the station, before continuing southwards to join the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway at a triangular junction between Kirkhill and Newton via Westburn Viaduct. This route gave access to the low level platforms at Glasgow Central and thence to the northwestern suburbs via Anderston and Maryhill Central.

Both lines were operated from the outset (and eventually taken over) by the Caledonian Railway, before passing to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway at the 1923 Grouping, they then became part of the Scottish Region of British Railways upon nationalisation in January 1948.

The Glasgow Central Railway line and platforms closed to passengers on 5 October 1964[5] as a result of the Beeching Axe; the GCR route was subsequently dismantled and few traces of it remain today (the old platforms were demolished when the M74 motorway extension was built), but line from Rutherglen was retained for freight traffic (mainly to/from the Ravenscraig steelworks) and periodic passenger diversions. It was then reopened as the Whifflet Line with financial backing from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive in 1993, with Carmyle regaining its passenger service on 4 October that year by British Rail, it was the first station stop on the reopened line after leaving the main line station at Glasgow Central, as the main line platforms at Rutherglen (which the original R&CR had served) had been closed following the reopening of the Argyle Line in 1979.

Electrification of the route through the station was completed in December 2014, which was not in time for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as originally planned;[6] the old Diesel Multiple Unit service from Central High Level has been replaced by EMUs running via Rutherglen and the Argyle Line. This has seen the restoration of the link to Central Low Level and beyond originally lost back in 1964.


A half-hourly service operates to and from Dalmuir via Glasgow Central Low Level through to Whifflet on Mondays to Saturdays;[7] every second trains is extended to/from Motherwell. On Sundays there is now an hourly service between Motherwell and Balloch that calls in each direction (prior to the December 2014 timetable alterations Sunday services only ran for the month prior to Christmas and were extended to/from Shotts).

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Mount Vernon   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line
  Historical railways  
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway
Line open
and station partially open
Line closed; station open
on other routes
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway
Line and station closed
Line closed; station open
on other routes
  Caledonian Railway
Glasgow Central Railway and
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway



  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ a b c Butt (1995), page 54
  3. ^ Railscot - Rutherglen and Coatbridge Railway; Retrieved 2014-01-14
  4. ^ Railscot Chronology - Glasgow Central Railway; Retrieved 2014-01-14
  5. ^ Passengers No More by G.Daniels and L.Dench second edition page 34
  6. ^ Whifflet Line to be electrified before 2014 GamesBBC News; Retrieved 2014-01-14
  7. ^ National Rail Timetable 2014-15; Table 225


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