Dundee Railway Station

(Dundee Tay Bridge Railway Station, Dùn Dè)

A rather unimpressive railway station for Scotland's fourth city, Dundee Railway Station (signposted in Gaelic as Dùn Dè) is located a quarter-mile (0.4 km) southwest of the city centre. Opened in 1878 as Dundee Tay Bridge Station, this was the third station in the city, built to handle North British Railway services crossing the new Tay Bridge from Edinburgh. The building was extended in the 1960s. The station is serviced by trains from Glasgow, via Perth, to Aberdeen and from Edinburgh to Aberdeen via the East Coast Main Line. The station has two through platforms, two terminal platforms and a passing loop, with a few little-used goods sidings to the west. Trains enter Camperdown Tunnel immediately to the east. Dundee Station handles around 1.8 million passengers annually (2015), making it the tenth busiest railway station in Scotland.

By far the grandest station in Dundee was Dundee West, which once lay immediately to the north, and was built for the Caledonian Railway in 1889. This was the third station on the site, the first came in 1847 as the eastern terminus of the Dundee and Perth Railway. This was replaced in 1864 and again in 1889 by a Scots Baronial construction, by the Edinburgh-based firm of Blyth & Cunningham, complete with a clock-tower, corbelled-out pepperpot turrets and a crenelated parapet. Dundee East station was opened as the terminus of the Dundee and Arbroath Joint Railway in 1857. Trains ran between the two stations, following a rather precarious route through the streets of the city centre, alongside the harbour. After rationalisation of the rail network, Dundee East closed in 1959 and Dundee West closed in 1965, the latter demolished to make way for the Inner Ring Road, leaving Dundee Tay Bridge as the only station in the city.

The station is undergoing a £22-million redevelopment begun in 2015 as part of the Dundee Waterfront Regeneration Project, which will create a new five storey building opening in 2017 and incorporating an hotel.

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