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Cambuslang railway station

Scottish Gaelic: Camas Lang
Place Cambuslang
Local authority South Lanarkshire
Grid reference
Station code CBL
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 0.419 million
2004/05 0.482 million
2005/06 0.557 million
2006/07 0.579 million
2007/08 0.605 million
2008/09 0.660 million
2009/10 0.655 million
2010/11 0.689 million
2011/12 0.757 million
- Interchange 7,703
2012/13 0.777 million
- Interchange 7,856
2013/14 0.717 million
- Interchange 7,380
Passenger Transport Executive
1 June 1849 Station opened
National RailUK railway stations
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Cambuslang from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
UK Railways portal

Cambuslang railway station is a railway station which serves the town of Cambuslang, Scotland. The station is five miles[1] south east of Glasgow Central, and is regularly served by trains on the Argyle line to and from Glasgow Central (both Low & High Level). Passenger services are provided by Abellio ScotRail on behalf of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT).


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Operations 3
    • Platform 1 - Westbound 3.1
    • Platform 2 - Eastbound 3.2
  • Service patterns 4
    • 1979 service patterns 4.1
    • Current service patterns 4.2
  • Station facilities 5
  • References 6
    • Notes 6.1
    • Sources 6.2


The station was planned as part of the Clydesdale Junction Railway, opening on 1 June 1849 between Motherwell and Rutherglen along what had become part of the Caledonian Railway.[2] In 1974, the West Coast Main Line electrification was completed by British Rail with local services through the station on the Hamilton Circle and Lanark routes converted to electric trains operated using BR Class 303 and 311 "Blue Trains".

The station originally had two large station buildings on each platform,[3][4] leading directly up to the Main Street; these were later demolished, and one building has been built on the main street containing the ticket office and timetable posters.


The platforms of Cambuslang are located in a Parkhead Forge.


Platform 1 - Westbound

Westbound services travel towards Glasgow Central from the easterly locations. Shotts Line services terminate at the High Level platforms, as did the Hamilton Circle services prior to the opening of the Argyle Line in November 1979. From November 1979, British Rail electric services proceeded through the Low Level platforms, to the North Clyde Line, terminating at Milngavie, Dalmuir (via Yoker or Singer). When the Argyle Line first opened in 1979, trains also terminated at Dumbarton Central.

A further recast of the timetable in December 2014 means that services from Lanark now run to High Level and passengers from this direction wishing to reach Argyle Line destinations must change trains here. All services on the Argyle Line now run to Dalmuir, though connections are available at Rutherglen or Central Low Level for Milngavie.[7]

Platform 2 - Eastbound

Eastbound services travel away from Glasgow Central from westerly locations. Trains for the Shotts Line proceed through to Edinburgh Waverley, at times Peak hour trains have terminated at Shotts. Electric trains either travel round the Hamilton Circle in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions or to Lanark (express; via Bellshill and Shieldmuir), Cumbernauld and Larkhall.

Service patterns

1979 service patterns

Current service patterns

Station facilities

Cambuslang is completely covered by CCTV provided by SPT and is completely accessible by wheelchair from the Main Street entrance. Timetables are posted on the footbridge and staff are on hand to assist passengers; real-time service information is provided by passenger information screens on the platforms. A ticket vending machine and new waiting shelters were recently installed on the westbound platform.



  1. ^ Quail (1993)
  2. ^ RAILSCOT on Clydesdale Junction Railway
  3. ^ > station pictures > Cambuslang > 1
  4. ^ > station pictures > Cambuslang > 2
  5. ^ ScotRail Station Facilities
  6. ^ Google Maps search for Cambuslang Main Street/North Avenue, Glasgow, Scotland
  7. ^ GB NRT December 2014 - May 2015, Tables 225 & 226


  • 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.  
  • Yonge, John (May 1987). Gerald Jacobs, ed. British Rail Track Diagams - Book 1: ScotRail (1st ed.). Exeter: Quail Map Company.  
  • Yonge, John (February 1993). Gerald Jacobs, ed. Railway Track Diagams - Book 1: Scotland and the Isle of Man (2nd ed.). Exeter: Quail Map Company.  
  • Yonge, John (April 1996). Gerald Jacobs, ed. Railway Track Diagams - Book 1: Scotland and the Isle of Man (3rd ed.). Exeter: Quail Map Company.  
  • Yonge, John (2007). Gerald Jacobs, ed. Railway Track Diagams - Book 1: Scotland & Isle of Man (Quail Track Plans) (fifth ed.). Bradford on Avon: "Trackmaps (formerly Quail Map Co)". .  
  • ScotRail: Official Website
  • SPT: Official Website
Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Newton   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line via Blantyre
Uddingston   Abellio ScotRail
Argyle Line via Bellshill
  Glasgow Central
Uddingston   Abellio ScotRail
Shotts Line (limited service)
  Glasgow Central
Historical railways
Line and station open
  Caledonian Railway
Clydesdale Junction Railway
Line and station open
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