Finnieston


Finnieston

Finnieston is a district in the Western fringe of the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland, situated on the North bank of the River Clyde. It is home to the SECC, where many concerts and important conferences are held. It is also the location of Glasgow City Heliport, home base of both the Strathclyde Police air support unit and the Scottish Ambulance Service 'Helimed 5'.

Exhibition Centre railway station, on the Argyle Line, was previously known as Stobcross station. Built by the Glasgow Central Railway and opened in 1894, it was closed in 1955. When it was reopened in 1979 it was called Finnieston until it was given its current name in 1986.

There was a Finnieston railway station of the Glasgow City and District Railway just to the east of where the line emerges from the tunnel leading to Charing Cross station, by the intersection of Argyle Street and Finnieston Street. This station, opened in 1886, is now closed. The line is still open as part of the North Clyde Line.

The area has had a remarkable change in land-use since de-industrialisation. Previously, Finnieston was an area of warehouses and docks. A snapshot of how Finnieston used to look can be seen in the film Deathwatch (aka "La Mort en Direct"), which used the area extensively in location shots. It now has upmarket housing and office areas with the Lancefield Quay and Skypark developments, and also the newest office and home development; Skyline Apartments. Finnieston Street is a major junction on the Clydeside Expressway, and on September 18th, 2006, was augmented with the addition of the Clyde Arc (known locally as "The Squinty Bridge") over the River Clyde.



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