Location type


Name and dates

Newton (1873-)

Where: South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Opened on the Clydesdale Junction Railway.
Opened on the Glasgow Central Railway.
Opened on the Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway).
Open on the Newton Line.
Open on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts.
Open on the Glasgow to Larkhall.
Open on the Hamilton Circle.


This is a two platform station. The location was formerly a four platform station, the two northern tracks no longer have platforms and allow non-stop trains to bypass the station.

It opened in 1873 replacing Newton [1st], just to the west. The location is at the Hamilton Junction of 1849.

The station was probably relocated due to the opening of the Hallside Steel Works in 1871. This works was alongside the line and just to the south.

When first opened there were two platforms, the present platforms, and a goods bypass to the south which served the Hallside Steel Works and joined the Hamilton Branch.

Not long after opening the Hamilton Circle was completed in 1876 with the extension of the Hamilton Branch through Hamilton Central.

A further two platforms were added to the north with the opening of the Glasgow Central Railway in 1896. In addition there was a goods bypass line to the north of the station.

The station site was countryside, other than the steelworks, and remained so until recent years with the redevelopment of the former works site.

The former goods lines no longer exist on either the north or south sides. Today's northbound pair of lines are used by non-stop west-east services and the platform lines can be used by stopping both west-east services and Hamilton Circle trains.

A power box opened here in 1960 replacing older boxes
Hallside Signal Box
Hamilton Junction
Haughhead Colliery Signal Box
Newton Colliery Signal Box
Newton Steelworks Junction
Westburn Souh Signal Box

It closed in 1973, replaced by Motherwell Signalling Centre, but still stands.

To the west of the station is Newton West Junction. Between this junction and the station the Kirkhill line leaves at Newton Kirkhill Junction.

To the east of the station is Newton East Junction. Between this junction and the station the Hamilton Central line leaves at Newton Hamilton Junction.

A train on the bypass line to the north of the station cannot join either the Hamilton Central or Kirkhill lines, however the platform lines access all four directions.




17/09/1849Hamilton Branch (Caledonian Railway)
Newton to Hamilton opened.
06/01/1904Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Newton to Cathcart and Clarkston West Junction opened for goods.
01/08/1904Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Newton to Cathcart and Westburn Junction to Kirkhill Junction opened for passengers.
21/07/1991Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
4 people killed and 22 injured in a head on crash at the single lead Newton Kirkhill Junction, just west of Newton station, probably due to a signal passed at danger (SPAD).