Haymarket

Location type

Station


Name and dates

Haymarket (1842-)

Opened on the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway.

Open on the Fife Circle.
Open on the Edinburgh to Perth.
Open on the Edinburgh to Dundee.
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts.
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Bathgate and Airdrie.


Description

This is a five platform station in the west of Edinburgh where the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway and Caledonian Railway divide. An 1842 Georgian building, by John Miller, dating from the opening as a terminus now fronts a station which is a train, tram and bus interchange.

The station was the 1842 eastern terminus of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway before extension by tunnel and through Princes Street Gardens Cutting to Edinburgh Waverley in 1846. (Haymarket Tunnels) The trainshed was to the west of the station building. When extended east the new platforms were built to the south of the original. The station building, topped with a clock, presents a two storey frontage onto the former Haymarket and three stories at the rear.

North of the station was Haymarket Goods and north west Haymarket Coal Yard, both now remembered in the name 'Haymarket Yards' for the area.

A second tunnel opened to the south of the original in 1892 as part of the general improvements and quadrupling of the line following the opening of the Forth Bridge in 1890. The two additional tracks are now platforms 3 and 4. A large retaining wall was needed on the south side of the station.

In late 1982 the train-shed from here was removed to Bo'ness on the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway [Preserved] (formerly the Slamannan and Borrowstounness Railway).

The original platform canopies on the through platforms have been replaced with newer versions.

The northernmost platform, platform 0, was opened during works to install overhead wires through Haymarket North Tunnel between Haymarket and Waverley in 2010.

A new entrance, booking hall and circulating area was built in 2012-13, making the station a train, tram and bus interchange. The tram route opened in 2013.

07/11/2019

Tags

Station

External links

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

Facilities

Listing: A