Coatbridge Central

Location type


Names and dates

Coatbridge [CR] (1843-1953)
Coatbridge Central (1953-)

Note: text in square brackets is added for clarity and was not part of the location's name.

Station code: CBC National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Opened on the Whifflet Extension (Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway).


This is a three platform station located immediately north of Coatbridge Junction. The southbound platform is an island.

The south end of the station is partly on a bridge, (formerly crossing the Monkland Canal).

The station was built on the site of Summerlee House and its gardens, the house surviving for a time as the ticket office before being covered by the goods yard.

To the north of the station was a direct link into the Summerlee Iron Works - a better connection than that from the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway which required a reversal to reach the same spot.

The present layout dates from a cut back version of the 1899 reconstruction of the station. The bridge to the south was rebuilt allowing the platform to be extended south onto the bridge and increased the length of the loop on the east side. The northbound platform was extended northwards and sidings in the west side goods yard modified. This was a four platform station, there was a bay at the north end of the northbound platform. A new large signal box was provided.

A Caledonian Railway building, two storeys with a Dutch gable and dating from the reconstruction of the station, remains on the east side of the station, now in other uses. The building has been used as a pub or restaurant on a number of occasions and has also regularly been derelict. It no longer features its street level entrance canopy. No platform level buildings survive. These were similar to those at Gleneagles and Eglinton Street. The large canopies were braced across the centre tracks. The signal box closed in 1973.


Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life is not far from the station.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67

Chronology Dates

01/02/1897Glasgow Central Railway
Bridgeton Cross [CR] to Carmyle to Newton section opened to passengers. Parkhead [CR] and Tollcross stations opened. Services can run through to Coatbridge Central or Airdrie [CR].
  /  /1900Glasgow, Garnkirk and Coatbridge Railway
Authorisation to widen the railway between Gartsherrie South Junction and Coatbridge Central.
  /  /1948Garnkirk and Glasgow Railway
Coatbridge [CR] station renamed Coatbridge Central.
07/01/1966Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen closed to passengers.
07/11/1966Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen East Junction closed to passengers (alternative date).
01/05/1972Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen Junction re-opened for Glasgow Central to Perth workings
04/05/1974Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Coatbridge Central to Rutherglen Junction ceases to be used for Glasgow Central to Perth workings.
04/10/1993Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Local passenger service established between Glasgow (Rutherglen East Junction) and Whifflet. Trains interconnect with services to Motherwell and Coatbridge Central. 'Heritage' Diesel Multiple Units were used.

News items

02/02/2021Vehicle crashes into bridge in Coatbridge suspending train services [Daily Record]
05/10/2013City commuter trains get a £7m upgrade [Evening Times]
06/01/2003SPT timetable alterations [Railscot]