Dundee railway station

Dundee railway station
Dundee National Rail
External view of Dundee station
Place Dundee
Local authority Dundee
Coordinates 56°27′24″N 2°58′16″W / 56.4567°N 2.9711°W / 56.4567; -2.9711Coordinates: 56°27′24″N 2°58′16″W / 56.4567°N 2.9711°W / 56.4567; -2.9711
Station code DEE
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage
2002/03 * 1.204 million
2004/05 * 1.438 million
2005/06 * increase 1.515 million
2006/07 * decrease 1.490 million
2007/08 * increase 1.600 million
2008/09 * increase 1.637 million
2009/10 * increase 1.664 million
Original company North British Railway
Post-grouping LNER
1 June 1878 Opened as Dundee Tay Bridge[1]
1965?[citation needed] Renamed as Dundee[1]
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* Annual passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Dundee from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Please note: methodology may vary year on year.
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Dundee railway station serves the city of Dundee on the east coast of Scotland. The station has two through platforms and two terminal platforms. It is situated on the northern, non-electrified section of the East Coast Main Line, 95 km (59¼ miles) northeast of Edinburgh.



The station is the rebuilt Dundee Tay Bridge railway station, which had been built by the North British Railway. Until the 1960s, other stations in Dundee included Dundee West, the Caledonian Railway station for Perth and Dundee East station on the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway. Dundee rail station is the only mainline station in Britain that is below sea level.[citation needed]

Today, the only two other remaining stations in Dundee are Broughty Ferry and Balmossie.

Dundee Waterfront plan

There is to be a new multi-million-pound railway station built, replacing the current one. While the new station is under construction the current one will remain in use. The Dundee Waterfront project is due to end in 2031. The project will mean the destruction of a lot of buildings to make way for new ones and seaports. Included in the plans is a major revamp to the Tay Road Bridge; other buildings include a brand new multi-million-pound Hilton hotel and a brand new Olympia Leisure Centre. [1]

Recent developments

Until mid-2005, a footbridge which spanned from the railway station to the city's Union Street allowed pedestrians to cross the busy inner ring road safely. This bridge was demolished in two phases, as part of a regeneration project called the Dundee Central Waterfront Development Plan. This project will attempt to restructure the approach roads to the Tay Road Bridge, create new civic space, as well as provisionally make way for a new railway station in the future.


Dundee has direct connections to Newcastle, York and London King's Cross, plus CrossCountry Trains services to Birmingham and the West Country of England. More frequent services run to Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.

For a period of time Dundee was the starting station of the longest direct rail journey in Britain - the 06.43 Virgin Cross Country service to Penzance, which took just over 12 hours to complete. The station was the terminus of the reverse of this journey, the 08:30 Arriva CrossCountry service from Penzance which arrived at Dundee at 20:25. As of 14 December 2008, the longest through journey is now the 0820 from Aberdeen to Penzance, arriving at Penzance at 2150, 13.5 hours later.


  • East Coast:
3 Trains Per day to London Kings Cross from Aberdeen via Edinburgh, Newcastle and York.
3 Trains per day to Aberdeen from London Kings Cross via Arbroath, Montrose and Stonehaven.
1 Train per day to Edinburgh from Aberdeen via Kirkcaldy.
1 Train per day to Aberdeen from Leeds via Arbroath, Montrose and Stonehaven.
  • Arriva CrossCountry Trains:
1 train per day from Aberdeen to Penzance (SX)
2 trains per day to Plymouth originating from Dundee (1 SX)
1 train per day from Plymouth to Aberdeen (SO)
1 train per day from Plymouth terminating at Dundee
(On Sundays there is a train to Southampton Central)
  • First ScotRail:
1 Train per day to London Euston from Aberdeen via Edinburgh*, Preston and Crewe. (Caledonian Sleeper)
1 Train per day to Aberdeen from London Euston via Crewe, Preston and Edinburgh*. (Caledonian Sleeper)
*Passengers are not allowed to board or alight at Edinburgh Waverley. This is where the Sleepers to/from Fort William, Inverness and Aberdeen join/separate.
1 Train per hour to Edinburgh from Aberdeen running via Leuchars, generally running fast, stopping only at Leuchars and Haymarket
1 Train per hour to Edinburgh starting at Dundee via Leuchars, Kirkcaldy, Inverkeithing and Haymarket
1 Train per hour to Glasgow Queen Street via Perth and Stirling.
2 Trains per hour to Aberdeen via Arbroath, Montrose and Stonehaven.
1 Train per hour from Edinburgh via Haymarket, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy and Leuchars terminating at Dundee
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Leuchars   East Coast
East Coast Main Line
Leuchars   CrossCountry
Cross Country Network
Leuchars   First ScotRail
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line
  Broughty Ferry
Invergowrie   First ScotRail
Glasgow to Aberdeen Line
  Broughty Ferry
Leuchars   First ScotRail
Highland Caledonian Sleeper

Station facilities

A small amount of parking is available, operated by Dundee City Council, although it is relatively expensive and is often difficult to find a space. There is a larger car park across the road, which is attached to the Olympia leisure complex. There is also a taxi stance immediately outside of the station building, and the main bus interchange is a five minute walk from the station in the city centre.

There is a "Travel Office" for information and ticket purchasing, as well as an automatic ticket machine outside the office. The office often closes well before the last trains have departed.

There is also a small branch of bookshop/confectioner W H Smith and a bar and café after the automated ticket barrier on the concourse. The café, a branch of Pumpkin, mainly serves cold food such as sandwiches, and hot and cold drinks. Like the ticket office, the shop and café do not open in the late evening.




  1. ^ a b Butt (1995), page 85


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  • 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 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 
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