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Name and dates

Motherwell (1885-)

Station code: MTH National Rail ScotRail
Where: North Lanarkshire, Scotland
Opened on the Clydesdale Junction Railway.
Open on the Carlisle to Glasgow.
Open on the Glasgow to Lanark.
Open on the Hamilton Circle.


This is a four platform station. The station is at the junction of the Glasgow Central to London Euston main line and the Hamilton Circle line to Hamilton Central. There are carriage sidings on the west side of the station, next to the northbound platform of the Hamilton Circle lines.

This was not the original Motherwell station, Motherwell Junction being on the main line slightly to the south east and Motherwell Bridge directly south of the Hamilton platforms.

Construction involved the relocation of Muir Street (authorised in 1880) which formerly crossed the main line. The platforms were heavily canopied and there was a single line bay at the north end, between the main and Hamilton platforms.

The main entrance, on Muir Street, has been replaced when the station was modernised.

Lesmahagow Junction, a four way junction, is to the north of the station. The station is built in the southern 'V' of the junction. Hamilton Road Signal Box was at the south end of the Hamilton platforms.



External links

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


Gaelic name: Tobar na Mathar


03/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Line renamed Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. The new line intended to carry iron ore from Ardrossan to Coatbridge and Motherwell.
09/12/1994Glasgow Central Railway
The River Kelvin bursts its banks and floods the disused tunnels from Kelvinbridge to Stobcross, where it floods the open Argyle Line railway. The route through Low Level Glasgow Central is closed between Partick and Rutherglen and trains are diverted onto the Sunnyside Junction to Whifflet section of the Monkland and Kirkintilloch Railway for access to Motherwell. This remains in operation for around nine months.