Springburn railway station

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Springburn National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Allt an Fhuarain[1]
Local authorityGlasgow
Coordinates55°52′54″N 4°13′47″W / 55.8816°N 4.2296°W / 55.8816; -4.2296Coordinates: 55°52′54″N 4°13′47″W / 55.8816°N 4.2296°W / 55.8816; -4.2296
Grid referenceNS606676
Station codeSPR
Managed byAbellio ScotRail
Number of platforms4
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2013/14Increase 0.378 million
– Interchange Increase 5,703
2014/15Increase 0.416 million
– Interchange Decrease 1,401
2015/16Increase 0.419 million
– Interchange Decrease 1,192
2016/17Increase 0.431 million
– Interchange Increase 2,057
2017/18Increase 0.460 million
– Interchange Increase 2,391
Passenger Transport Executive
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Springburn from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Springburn railway station serves the Springburn district of Glasgow, Scotland. The station is 1 14 miles (2.0 km) north of Glasgow Queen Street (High level) station on the Cumbernauld Line and is a terminus of the Springburn branch, a spur from Bellgrove station, on the North Clyde Line.

The station was first built by the City of Glasgow Union Railway, whose branch line from Bellgrove opened to goods traffic in 1875. A station building was designed by the engineer James Carswell in 1875[2] and was opened in 1887, when passenger traffic then began operating.[3] Initially built as a terminus, two through platforms were added shortly afterwards by the company when they gained running powers over the Sighthill Branch of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway, which ran alongside the CGUR at this location. The link into this line gave the company access to both the E&G main line at Cowlairs and also the former Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway, which had now become the main Caledonian Railway route from Glasgow Buchanan Street to NE Scotland via Cumbernauld and Stirling. Several different passenger routes operated from the station, including workers trains to Singer on the Glasgow, Dumbarton and Helensburgh Railway and a circular service that also used the Stobcross Railway and the GD&HR. The CGUR was absorbed jointly by the North British and Glasgow and South Western Railway in 1896, with the former company taking over the Bellgrove to Springburn branch.[3]

The line from Bellgrove was electrified in November 1960 as part of the North Clyde scheme, but regular services northward to Cowlairs ended in 1963, when the workers trains to Singer were withdrawn. However, three years later, trains from Cumbernauld were re-routed here with the closure of the Buchanan Street terminus to passenger traffic.[4] Passengers had to change onto the North Clyde Line at Springburn to reach the city, as there was no direct route to Queen Street main line station - trains had to reverse at Cowlairs, as the junction there faced north. Normal practice therefore was to operate a Cumbernauld to Springburn shuttle service which connected with the North Clyde line trains. Through running eventually commenced in 1989, albeit with a reversal in a loop alongside the carriage sidings and depot at Eastfield to begin with.

Cumbernauld Line trains are now able to run directly to Queen Street High Level via the Cowlairs Chord - a single track south to east curve which was opened in 1993 by British Rail. Though currently diesel operated, the line is in the process of being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme.[5]

Springburn station has kept its four platforms, with two used by through trains and the others by terminating services from Bellgrove and points west. Two through goods lines used to run past the station to the west; these formed the original E&G Sighthill branch. They were latterly used to access the goods yard at Sighthill prior to its closure in October 1981, as well as to access St. Rollox railway works but they have since been lifted.[6]

The station building was designed by James Carsewell - it is now protected as a category B listed building.[7]



On the Cumbernauld Line Mondays to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service from Springburn to Glasgow Queen Street southbound and to Cumbernauld northbound (hourly to Falkirk Grahamston). On Sundays there is an hourly service in each direction.

On the North Clyde Line Mondays to Saturdays there is a half-hourly service to Glasgow Queen Street (Low Level) and beyond to Dalmuir and Balloch. There is no service on Sundays and Bank Holidays.


A half-hourly service remains in operation on the Cumbernauld Line (with hourly extensions to Falkirk Grahamston) and the North Clyde line. Services on the latter run to Dalmuir via Yoker during the daytime and Balloch via Singer in the evenings. On Sundays there is an hourly service to Cumbernauld only - there are no trains to Falkirk or on the North Clyde Line.

From 18 May 2014, North Clyde line services will be extended every half-hour to Cumbernauld (after a reversal here) with the start of electric operation on that route. This will replace one of the two current services from Queen Street HL to Cumbernauld each hour, though the existing hourly DMU service between Falkirk Grahamston and Queen Street High Level will also remain in operation. On Sundays, the present hourly service will remain, but it will be provided by EMUs and run to and from Partick via Queen Street LL.[8]


As noted above there are two trains per hour between Cumbernauld and Dalmuir via Yoker each way that call here on Mondays to Saturdays, along with the hourly DMU service between Queen Street H.L. and Falkirk Grahamston (the EMUs now continue to Dumbarton Central since the May 2016 timetable change). On Sundays there is an hourly service to Cumbernauld and Partick. Between March and August 2016, the service was modified further due to engineering work temporarily closing Queen Street High Level.[9]


From December 2018, a new half hourly Glasgow - Edinburgh via Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston service will start, replacing the hourly DMU service and take over the existing EMU service between Springburn and Cumbernauld. The new service will use new Class 385 EMUs with the Springburn - Dumbarton Central service using existing Class 318, 320 and 334 stock.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   Abellio ScotRail
North Clyde Line
Glasgow Queen Street   Abellio ScotRail
Cumbernauld Line
  Future services  
Glasgow Queen Street   Abellio ScotRail
Cumbernauld Line
  Historical railways  
End on connection with E&GR   City of Glasgow Union Railway
Bishopbriggs   Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
North British Railway
  End on connection with CofGUR


  1. ^ Brailsford 2017, Gaelic/English Station Index.
  2. ^ http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=100260
  3. ^ a b Railscot Chronology - City of Glasgow Union Railway; Railscot; Retrieved 2014-01-27
  4. ^ Railscot - Buchanan Street Extension
  5. ^ EGIP - Cumbernauld ElectrificationEGIP/Network Rail; Retrieved 2014-01-16
  6. ^ Railscot - Sighthill BranchRailscot; Retrieved 2014-01-27
  7. ^ Historic Environment Scotland & LB49898.
  8. ^ GB National Rail Timetable 18 May - 14 December 2014, Table 226
  9. ^ Table 226 National Rail timetable, May 2016


  • 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.
  • Historic Environment Scotland. "Atlas Road, Springburn Railway Station including Boundary Wall  (Category B) (LB49898)". Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  • 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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