Kirknewton railway station

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Kirknewton National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Eaglais a' Bhaile Ùir[1]
Kirknewton.jpg
Class 156 diesel train at Kirknewton
Location
PlaceKirknewton
Local authorityWest Lothian
Coordinates55°53′20″N 3°26′00″W / 55.8890°N 3.4332°W / 55.8890; -3.4332Coordinates: 55°53′20″N 3°26′00″W / 55.8890°N 3.4332°W / 55.8890; -3.4332
Grid referenceNT104671
Operations
Station codeKKN
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Decrease 42,450
2014/15Increase 50,912
2015/16Increase 51,662
2016/17Decrease 47,590
2017/18Increase 50,202
History
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLMS
15 February 1848Opened as Kirknewton
April 1848Renamed Midcalder and Kirknewton
c. 1855Renamed Midcalder
17 May 1982Renamed Kirknewton
National RailUK railway stations
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Kirknewton from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Kirknewton railway station is a railway station serving Kirknewton in West Lothian, Scotland, Opened as Kirknewton in February 1848, the station was renamed Midcalder and Kirknewton after two months, before becoming Midcalder in 1855. The full circle was finally completed 127 years later in May 1982 when the name reverted to Kirknewton.[2] This was to distinguish it from Kirknewton station near Mindrum on the NER Cornhill Branch.[3]

The station lies on the Edinburgh branch of the West Coast Main Line, although it is not served by main line express services - it is served by commuter services on the Shotts Line from Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts. It is managed by Abellio ScotRail.

As there is no footbridge on the station (the footbridge was removed prior to electrification),[citation needed] passengers wishing to cross the line must do so via the level crossing, which is one of the most incorrectly used in Scotland.[4] There are plans to provide a new crossing (subway) which will remove the level crossing.[5] The level crossing is automatic and apporched control which means trains which call at the station towards Glasgow have to stop so the driver can turn on the level crossing, This is done to allow traffic to cross when the trains stopped in the station.

History[edit]

Kirknewton was the terminus of the Slateford–Balerno line. A bay platform can still be seen to the east of the Edinburgh bound platform. The trains ran alongside the Water of Leith for 65 years, the line finally being closed to passengers on 30 October 1943. Goods trains continued to run until the line was officially closed, aided by the closure of the Kinleith Mill in 1966, to all traffic on 4 December 1967.

Services[edit]

As of May 2016 the station is served on Mondays to Saturdays by an hourly ScotRail stopping service between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley. There is a limited Sunday service to Edinburgh and Glasgow of just six trains each way.[6] One service on this route originates at Motherwell in the morning, returning there in the evening.[7]

There is a limited service to/from North Berwick each day (except Sundays) and to Ayr via Carstairs, Glasgow Central and Kilwinning. This is operated by a Class 380 EMU.

As this station is on the Edinburgh branch of the West Coast Main Line; a variety of CrossCountry, TransPennine Express, London North Eastern Railway and Virgin Trains West Coast trains pass through without stopping.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Curriehill   ScotRail
Shotts Line
  Livingston South
Curriehill   ScotRail
North Berwick Line
  Carstairs
  Historical railways  
Connection at
Midcalder Junction
  Caledonian Railway
Cleland and Midcalder Line
  Newpark
Ravelrig   Caledonian Railway
Main Line
  Harburn

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ Butt 1995, p. 159.
  3. ^ Shaw, Donald (1989). The Balerno Branch and the caley in Edinburgh. Oakwood Library. p. 224. ISBN 978-0-85361-366-4.
  4. ^ "Safety plea at level crossing". BBC News. 14 January 2003. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  5. ^ "£6M PLAN WILL END CROSSING DANGER". 31 August 2007. Retrieved 17 August 2008.
  6. ^ Table 225 National Rail timetable, December 2012
  7. ^ Table 224 National Rail timetable, May 2016

Sources[edit]

  • 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.