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Paisley Gilmour Street railway station

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Paisley Gilmour Street railway station is the largest of the four stations serving the town of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland Gilmour Street, St James, Paisley Canal and Hawkhead, and acts as the town's principal railway station The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Ayrshire Coast Line, 7 1⁄4 miles 117 km west of Glasgow Central The station is protected as a category B listed building2

Contents

  • 1 History
    • 11 Twentieth century
  • 2 Operations
    • 21 British Transport Police
  • 3 Services
    • 31 2016
  • 4 Rail & Sea Connections
    • 41 Northern Ireland
    • 42 Argyll and Bute
    • 43 Isle of Arran
  • 5 References
    • 51 Notes
    • 52 Sources

Historyedit

Railway Clearing House diagram of lines through Paisley in 1908

The station was opened on 14 July 1840 on the Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway GPK&AR1 The station was used jointly by the GPK&AR and the Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway GP&GR However, the GP&GR did not run services until March 1841 due to construction difficulties at Bishopton3

It was originally built with only two through platforms, with the GPK&R and the GP&GR lines separating to the west of the station The station was later expanded to four platforms, two for the GPK&R and two for the GP&GR, with the lines separating to the east of the station4

The section between Glasgow Bridge Street railway station and Paisley Gilmour Street station was a joint line: the Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway

Twentieth centuryedit

The station was electrified as part of the 1967 Inverclyde Line Ayrshire Coast Line platforms then numbered 1 and 2 were wired, however the wires finished a short distance west of the station These were extended as part of the Ayrshire Line electrification by British Rail in 1986 This 1986 work coincided with the renumbering of the platforms with the Glasgow bound platforms numbered 1 Inverclyde and 3 Ayrshire, and the outbound platforms numbers 2 Inverclyde and 4 Ayrshire

Following extensive works,when Paisley Gilmour Street now has step-free access to all platforms, and the main access onto County Square, has been joined by a re-opened back access onto Back Sneddon Street The access was originally built along with the station, but had closed and had been converted into a model shop for a number of years Despite this conversion the shop retained the steps up to stations lower concourse, however it has been bricked up to prevent access When the shop owner retired, it was decided to purchase the unit and convert it back as part of the step free access works for disabled people, as it would increase space within the station, and the works were fairly simple since the original stairs were retained After re-opening it was signed as a dedicated exit to the station for those wishing to use the bus link to the airport, as the buses stop directly outside the door and the airport cycle route which passes outside

A collision occurred between two trains at the eastern end of the station on Easter Monday 1979 which resulted in the deaths of seven people

Operationsedit

A Class 380 on an Inverclyde Line service to Glasgow Central

Paisley Gilmour Street is the busiest of the four Paisley stations It has four platforms, with trains running on the Inverclyde and Ayrshire Coast lines It is the fourth busiest railway station in Scotland, after Glasgow Central, Edinburgh Waverley, and Glasgow Queen Street5

Connecting buses from this station also serve nearby Glasgow Airport GLA which is approximately 2 km away It is possible to buy a railway ticket to and from the airport, which includes not only the train journey but also the journey on McGill's 757 service The Glasgow Airport Rail Link would have replaced this bus service with a direct train, but the project was cancelled in September 2009 due to public spending cuts6 It is also possible to cycle from the station to the Airport using the Airport Cycle Route

It is an important interchange, not only for the airport bus link, but also for many local buses which depart from the area surrounding the town centre running to destinations throughout the town of Paisley, Renfrew and to the out of town shopping centre, Braehead It is expected that Braehead will get a dedicated bus link in the future, possibly utilising Hillington East

British Transport Policeedit

The British Transport Police BTP maintain a small office here but the main offices for the BTP is located 7 miles 11 km away at Glasgow Central and 20 miles 32 km south at Kilwinning

Servicesedit

A Class 311 departs for Gourock in 1981

In the early 1980s up to the electrification of the AyrLine the station was served by:

  • Glasgow - Ayr DMU: 2 trains per hour some extended to Girvan
  • Glasgow - Largs DMU: 1 train per hour
  • Glasgow - Gourock EMU: 3 trains per hour
  • Glasgow - Wemyss Bay EMU: 1 train per hour
  • Glasgow - Ardrossan Winton Pier DMU: to connect with ferry to Brodick
  • Glasgow - Stranraer Harbour Loco hauled: to connect with ferry to Larne

2016edit

A Class 318 heading towards Glasgow

As of 2016update the station is served by:7

  • Glasgow - Ayr EMU: 2 trains per hour
    • 3 trains per day continue from Glasgow to Edinburgh via Carstairs 2 on Saturdays
  • Glasgow - Largs EMU: 1 train per hour
  • Glasgow - Ardrossan Harbour EMU: 1 train per hour 5 trains per day on Sundays
  • Glasgow - Gourock EMU: 4 trains per hour 1 on Sundays
  • Glasgow - Wemyss Bay EMU: 1 train per hour
Preceding station National Rail Following station
Johnstone   Abellio ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
  Glasgow Central
Paisley St James   Abellio ScotRail
Inverclyde Line
  Hillington West
Historical railways
Paisley St James   Caledonian Railway
Glasgow, Paisley and Greenock Railway
  Connection with
G&PJR
Connections with
GP&GR and GPK&AR
  Caledonian and Glasgow & South Western Railways
Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
  Cardonald
Elderslie
Line open; station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
  Connection with
G&PJR

Rail & Sea Connectionsedit

Northern Irelandedit

Trains connect Ayr along the Glasgow South Western Line to Stranraer where a bus link runs, route 350 operated by McLeans except Sundays to Cairnryan8 for onward ferries to the Port of Belfast by Stena Line and Larne Harbour by P&O Ferries

Former connection closed in 2016: along the Ayrshire Coast Line to Troon for the P&O Ferries service to Larne Harbour

Argyll and Buteedit

Trains run from Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay station, connecting with Caledonian MacBrayne's service to Rothesay on the Isle of Bute and to Gourock, connecting with Argyll Ferries' service to Dunoon and various Caledonian MacBrayne emergency relief routes

Isle of Arranedit

Trains also connect along the Ayrshire Coast Line to Ardrossan Harbour for the Caledonian MacBrayne service to Brodick

Referencesedit

Notesedit

  1. ^ a b Butt 1995, page 180
  2. ^ "Gilmour Street Railway Station: Listed Building Report" Historic Scotland Retrieved 29 September 2011 
  3. ^ Thomas 1971, page 155
  4. ^ Thomas 1971, Page 52: has an 1888 photograph of the station with two through platforms; and the two lines separating to the west of the station
  5. ^ The usage information Station Entries and Station Exits is based on ticket sales in the financial year 2004/05 and covers all National Rail stations Continued usage notes, and Excel format table for all stations available
  6. ^ "Ministers scrap airport rail plan" BBC News Online 2009-09-17 Retrieved 2009-09-17 Scottish Government has scrapped the £120m Glasgow Airport Rail Link amid public spending cut concerns 
  7. ^ Table 219 & 221 National Rail timetable, May 2016
  8. ^ http://wwwdumgalgovuk/CHttpHandlerashxid=13006&p=0

Sourcesedit

  • Butt, R V J 1995 The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present 1st ed Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7 OCLC 60251199 
  • Jowett, Alan March 1989 Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day 1st ed Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd ISBN 978-1-85260-086-0 OCLC 22311137 
  • Thomas, John 1971 A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain VI Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders 1st ed Newton Abbot, Devon: David & Charles ISBN 0-7153-5408-6 OCLC 16198685 
  • Thomas, John; Paterson, Rev A J S 1984 A Regional History of the Railways of Great Britain VI Scotland: The Lowlands and the Borders 2nd ed Newton Abbott, Devon: David & Charles ISBN 0-9465-3712-7 OCLC 12521072 

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