Barrhead Railway Station

(Cnoc a' Bharra)

A busy commuter railway station on what is now the Glasgow South Western Line, Barrhead Station (referred to as Cnoc a' Bharra in Gaelic) is located on an embankment elevated above street-level, a quarter-mile (0.5 km) north northwest of the town centre and a half-mile (1 km) northeast of West Arthurlie in East Renfrewshire. It opened in 1848 on the Glasgow, Barrhead & Neilston Direct Railway, which was later was controlled by the Caledonian Railway. Now operated by ScotRail, Barrhead Railway Station is staffed part-time and has seen a substantial increase in passengers numbers from 579,000 per annum (2009-10) to 738,126 in 2016-17. It comprises a modern station building and three platforms; one terminus and two through-platforms, although the line beyond Barrhead was reduced to single-track in 1973. Barrhead is preceded by Nitshill Railway Station, 1½ miles (2.5 km) to the east northeast, and followed by Dunlop, 8 miles (13 km) to the southwest.

There was once another station in the town, known as Barrhead Central, that operated between 1901 and 1917 as the terminus of the Barrhead branch of the Glasgow and South Western Railway, which was actively competing with the Caledonian for passengers at that time.

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