High Street Railway Station


High Street Railway Station (known in Gaelic as Àrd-Shràid) lies on the North Clyde Line, at the east end of Glasgow city centre, a quarter-mile (0.5 km) south of Townhead. It opened in 1886 as College Railway Station on the Glasgow City & District Railway, replacing an earlier College Station nearby which opened in the City of Glasgow Union Line in 1871. It became known as High Street in 1914, the 'College' (University of Glasgow) having moved to Gilmorehill many years previously.

The station lies in a dressed stone cutting beneath street-level, with a ticket office above. It comprises two platforms and the railway line enters the High Street Tunnel immediately to the northwest.

High Street Railway Station is now operated by ScotRail and staffed part-time. It has seen a continuous and dramatic increase in usage from 376,828 passengers per annum in 2009-10 to 735,000 in 2015-16, reflecting the increased use of the North Clyde Line by new services coming from Edinburgh Waverley via Bathgate. It is preceded by Bellgrove Railway Station, a half-mile (1 km) to the east southeast, and followed by Glasgow Queen Street, a similar distance to the west northwest.

To the south and east of the station were massive goods sheds and sizeable areas of interconnected goods sidings occupying the former College Green; namely the North British Railway's High Street Goods Yard and the Glasgow & South Western Railway's College Goods Yard.

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