Glasgow Central Station
This station and associated lines are
open. This is the main terminus in Glasgow for services to the south,
as well as many local services.
This station has both a high level and a low
level. The high level station is a major terminus and the low level station
is a station on the Strathclyde Passenger Transport network.
This terminus station is in the Centre
of Glasgow, on the north bank of the River Clyde. All the approach lines to
the station come from the south and include lines from Stranraer, Ayr, Ardrossan,
Largs, Wemyss Bay, Gourock, Greenock, Paisley, Dumfries, Kilmarnock, Barrhead,
East Kilbride, Neilston, Cathcart, Newton, Edinburgh, Hamilton, Motherwell,
Whifflet, Coatbridge, and Rutherglen. Long distance express trains run to most
of the major cities in England and Wales.
Under the station is Glasgow
Central (Low Level). For journeys north one has to either walk or catch
a (frequent) connecting bus to Glasgow
Queen Street (High Level).
The terminus was built for the Caledonian
Railway to replace a more unsatifactory station on
the south bank of the Clyde called Bridge Street. The first version of the station
was approached by two lines across the Clyde on a bridge (now demolished) which
ran to four platforms. This older section of the station was to the east side
of the current site where platforms 1,2,3,4 are today. The original terminus
had no canopy. The station expanded slightly until a major expansion when Bridge
Street station, which had become a through station at two of its platforms,
was demolished and a new larger bridge over the Clyde built next to the older
one. This bridge is the one presently in use today. Using both bridges a much
larger station was built. With re-signalling the deteriorating older bridge
became redundant and was removed in the 1960s. The station today is an A listed
Today the station is a bustling location (70,000
people pass through the station every day) with shops within it. The glass canopy
has recently been repaired (including 30,000 panes of glass). The travel centre
will shortly be handed over from ScotRail to Virgin trains.
There is short term car parking at the station
and a NCP carpark nearby.
Description of route
Bridge Street station was not very convenient
for Glasgow being on the south bank of the Clyde. This station and its approach
lines extended the railway north over the River and into the city.
Glasgow Central (High Level)
This station has approaches from Paisley, Barrhead
and Rutherglen. (See also drawing of station above).
The station has taken over much of the traffic which used to use Glasgow
St Enoch's station. Below the station is Glasgow Central (Low Level)
on the Glasgow
River Clyde Bridge
When extended across the River Clyde an original
bridge, four tracks wide, was built. Three of these tracks approached the new
station and the forth was a carriage siding. During the 1906 expansion of the
station more approach lines were required and a second larger bridge was opened
immediately to the west of the original bridge. This bridge remains in use today,
the older bridge was dismantled except for its support which remain today.
This terminus was joint built by the Glasgow
and South Western Railway and Caledonian
Railway as a terminus for Ayrshire traffic and, in the case of the Caledonian,
Greenock traffic. The terminus was located on the south bank of the River Clyde.
The G&SW was to cease using the station when St Enoch's was opened, but
it was to be some time before that company gave up its right to use the station.
The Caledonian Railway, dis-satisified with the station as its southern Glasgow
terminus, extended the railway north to Central Station. Initially Bridge Street
remained open, but during the expansion of Glasgow central in 1906 the station
Small portions of the station remain today,
these include building immediately to the east of the sidings just to the south
of the River Clyde viaduct.
This was the Glasgow terminus of the Glasgow
and Paisley Joint Railway. The station was approached through an archway
similar to contemporary stations elsewhere. The station was not convenient for
Glasgow and the line was extended to Bridge Street.
This fine station was located in a cutting
on the extension of the South Side (Gushetfaulds) terminus to Bridge Street.
To the north of the station the main line elevates above street level as it
runs to Bridge Street and to the south the main line enters a tunnel and turns
hard east to run to Rutherglen.
The platforms of the station have been removed,
but the style of the station can still be seen at Gleneagles where the northbound
platform building and its canopies are similar. The station had six of platforms
as the western side of the Cathcart circle branches off here to run south to
Pollockshields East. There were four on the main line and two on the branch
at a higher level.
Here the Polloc
and Govan Railway's South Side to Windmillcroft Quay line was met by the
later extension to Bridge Street.
Barrhead and Neilston Direct Railway originally ran into South Side terminus
adjacent to the South Side terminus of the Polloc
and Govan Railway to Rutherglen and Motherwell. This alignment was to be
extended by the City
of Glasgow Union Railway to St Enochs station which was used by the Glasgow
and South Western Railway. The Cathcart
District Railway trains from Pollockshields East were to be diverted to
Bridge Street and Glasgow Central by means of a new line from Muirhouse Junction
to Eglinton Street.
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Page last edited on: 11/03/2012
Contact: Ewan Crawford