Rutherglen railway station


Rutherglen railway station

Infobox UK station
name = Rutherglen
other_name=
code = RUT


caption =
manager = First ScotRail
locale = Rutherglen
borough = South Lanarkshire
platforms = 2
pte = SPT
usage0203 = 0.308
usage0405 = 0.423
usage0506 = 0.526
usage0607 = 0.579
years = 1 June 1849
events = Original station opened
years1 = 31 March 1879
events1 = Original station closed; New station opened
years2 = 5 October 1964
events2 = West Coast Main Line platform closed
years3 = 5 November 1979
events3 = Opening of the Argyle Line platform
years4 =
events4 = |

Rutherglen is a railway station in the town centre of Rutherglen, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, and lying on the Argyle railway line. The station is served by a single island platform, connected to the street by a footbridge. The closed island platform which lies on the West Coast Main Line, that was previously in use before the Argyle line was re-opened is still visible, although it is no longer accessible to the public.

History

The original Rutherglen station was opened on the Caledonian Railway's line to Glasgow on 1 June 1849.Butt (1999)] This station was replaced on 31 March 1879 by a new station located some 765m east of the original station.

Services on the Glasgow Central Railway commenced on 1 November 1895. Glasgow Central Railway services were withdrawn as part of the Beeching Axe on 5 October 1964.

On 6 May 1974 the WCML was opened to electrified services which included Hamilton Circle services through the slow line island platform. This island platform was closed to passengers when the new island island platform opened for Argyle Line services using the reopened Glasgow Central Railway formation on 5 November 1979.

1979 station

Access to the present platform is by a large (covered) footbridge from the Main Street, over the high level railway (where the old platform was located) to stairs down to the island platform and ticket office. However, these stairs pose a problem to parents with prams and infirm persons who struggle with the steep gradient the steps are placed at. Although there is a level crossing at the opposite end, its use is only permitted for staff accessing the nearby First Engineering Training Centre.

Refurbishment

There are, however, plans to install both lifts and escalators at the station in the near future as part of the Scottish Executive's £4 million annual commitment to improving disabled access across Scotland's railway stations.

Work to create the lift tower is currently underway.

Argyle Line route through the station

The line runs from Dalmarnock direction (the north) through Rutherglen to connect with the West Coast Main Line and either diverges to the Whifflet route, or continues on the WCML towards Cambuslang before continuing to the southern ends of the Argyle Line (Hamilton Circle, Coatbridge Central, Lanark, Larkhall or Carstairs).

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