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Whifflet Railway Station


(Magh na Cruithneachd)

A stop on the Argyle Line in North Lanarkshire, Whifflet Railway Station is referred to as Magh na Cruithneachd in Gaelic and is located ¾ mile (1.2 km) south southeast of the centre of Coatbridge. It opened in 1992 and served as the end of the Whifflet Line, although the railway physically continued south as a branch of the West Coast Main Line. Since electrification of the Whifflet Line in 2014 this has been absorbed into the Argyle Line network and services now continue on to Motherwell. Operated by ScotRail, Whifflet Railway Station is unstaffed and has seen its usage increase from 246,624 passengers per annum (2009-10) to 329,588 (2016-17).

Immediately to the east of the station is a link line from the North Clyde Line at Sunnyside Junction, but there are no platforms serving this line.

Historically there has been a succession of railway stations at Whifflet, serving a complex arrangement lines built by several companies which eventually became part of the competing Caledonian or North British railways. These included High and Low Level stations serving the Caledonian's Rutherglen and Coatbridge Branch and their main-line respectively. Whifflet was also associated with a series of junctions connecting all of these lines. Even today the more significant of these junctions remain.

Whifflet is preceded by Motherwell Railway Station, 4½ miles (7 km) to the south, and followed by Coatbridge Central, a mile (1.5 km) to the northwest, on the West Coast Main Line, and by Kirkwood Railway Station 1¼ miles (2 km) to the west on the Whifflet Line.


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