Alness railway station

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Alness National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Alanais[1]
Alness Railway Station.jpg
Location
PlaceAlness
Local authorityHighland
Coordinates57°41′40″N 4°14′59″W / 57.6944°N 4.2497°W / 57.6944; -4.2497Coordinates: 57°41′40″N 4°14′59″W / 57.6944°N 4.2497°W / 57.6944; -4.2497
Grid referenceNH659694
Operations
Station codeASS
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 27,796
2014/15Decrease 25,934
2015/16Decrease 23,614
2016/17Increase 26,376
2017/18Increase 29,272
History
Original companyInverness and Ross-shire Railway
Pre-groupingHighland Railway
Post-groupingLMSR
23 May 1863Station opened
13 June 1960Station closed
7 May 1973Station reopened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Alness from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Alness railway station is a railway station on the Far North Line, serving the village of Alness, on the Cromarty Firth, in the Highland council area of Scotland. The station consists of one platform on the northern side of the railway, with only a small shelter available. The original station platforms can still be seen on both sides of the single line through the station.

The station is 28 miles 70 chains (46.5 km) from Inverness on the Far North Line towards Wick, and has a single platform which is long enough for a six-coach train.[2]

History[edit]

The Inverness and Ross-shire Railway (I&RR), which was to be a line between Inverness and Invergordon, was authorised in 1860, and opened in stages.[3] By the time that the last section, that between Dingwall and Invergordon, opened on 25 March 1863, the I&RR had amalgamated with the Inverness and Aberdeen Junction Railway (I&AJR), the authorisation being given on 30 June 1862.[4] On this last stretch, one of the original stations was that at Alness.[5] The I&AJR in turn amalgamated with other railways to form the Highland Railway in 1865,[6] which became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923.[7] The line then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948. The station at Alness was then closed by the British Transport Commission on 13 June 1960[5] and remained so for 13 years.

The station reopened on 7 May 1973[5] after significant housing development in the area.[8] The initial service provision was three trains each way on weekdays and one on Sundays.[8] When sectorisation was introduced by British Rail in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the privatisation of British Rail.

Services[edit]

On Mondays to Saturdays, there is generally a two-hourly service southbound to Inverness with four trains per day northbound to Wick.

On Sundays, there are five trains to Inverness, three to Tain and one each to Invergordon & through to Wick.[9]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Dingwall   Abellio ScotRail
Far North Line
  Invergordon
  Historical railways  
Evanton
Line open; station closed
  Highland Railway
Inverness and Ross-shire Railway
  Invergordon
Line and station open

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Brailsford 2017, map 18D.
  3. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 31
  4. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 32
  5. ^ a b c Butt 1995, p. 15
  6. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 40
  7. ^ Vallance, Clinker & Lambert 1985, p. 154
  8. ^ a b Kichenside, G.M., ed. (May 1973). "Farther North station reopened". Modern Railways. XXX (296): 173.
  9. ^ Table 239 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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