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Inverness railway station ( ) is the railway station serving the Scottishmarker city of Invernessmarker.

History

Opened on 5 November 1855 as the western terminus of the Inverness and Nairn Railway, it is now the terminus of the Highland Main Line, the Aberdeen-Inverness Line (of which the Inverness and Nairn Railway is now a part), the Kyle of Lochalsh Line and the Far North Line.

Like most stations in the United Kingdommarker, Inverness is owned by Network Rail. However, it is operated by First ScotRail who run most of the services using the station. East Coast run the only non-First ScotRail service: the daily Highland Chieftain to London King's Crossmarker.

The station itself sits at one apex of a triangular junction in the centre of Inverness, with each half of the station connected to one line. The Highland Main and Aberdeen Lines both approach the station from the east and use Platforms 1-4, while the Far North Line (which also carries traffic heading for the Kyle Line) approach from the north-west and use Platforms 5-7. Platform 5 also has a connection from the east side, but it is only usable by a two car train, and even then, it must not be in passenger service and movements from Platform 5 to the east line are not allowed.

A single parliamentary train is run along the third chord of the triangle each week, as part of a through Aberdeen-Kyle service, which calls at Inverness twice in succession.

The third chord runs between Rose Street Junction on the Far North Line and Welsh's Bridge Junction on the Aberdeen/Perth line. The Aberdeen and Perth lines diverge at Millburn Junction a short distance beyond Welsh's Bridge.

Station improvements

Platform destination LED screens are installed, along with a main departures and arrivals information board. Each of Platforms 1-7 has its own screen showing departures from that platform. Screens are also present behind the wall for all platforms from 3-6. In addition, several other screens are also visible for general information.

Transport links

Air

Stagecoach in Inverness route 11 runs every 30 minutes between Inverness city centre and Inverness Airportmarker. The bus leaves from Strothers Lane, just around the corner from the station. Journey time to the airport is 25 minutes.

Bus

The main coach and bus station is located in Margaret Street, just around the corner from the railway station.

Aside from local buses, there are also long-distance coach services which allow rail passengers to continue their journey to areas of the Highlands not on the rail network:





Services past and present

Summer 2008

Destination Mon-Fri Sat Sun
Aberdeenmarker 10 10 6
(2 additional services terminate at Elgin)
Dingwallmarker 11 11 2
Edinburghmarker 6 6 3
3 3 2
Kyle of Lochalshmarker 3 3 1
London Euston (Caledonian Sleeper) 1 - 1
(Highland Chieftain) 1 1 1
Wick/Thursomarker 3 3 1



Winter 2008

Destination Mon-Fri Sat Sun
Aberdeenmarker 10 10 6
(2 additional services terminate at Elgin)
Dingwallmarker 11 11 6
Edinburghmarker 6 6 3
3 3 2
Kyle of Lochalshmarker 4 4 1
London Euston (Caledonian Sleeper) 1 - 1
(Highland Chieftain) 1 1 1
Wick/Thursomarker 4 4 1



Summer 2009

Destination Mon-Fri Sat Sun
Aberdeenmarker 11
( 1 additional service terminate at Elgin)
11
( 1 additional service terminate at Elgin)
5
Dingwallmarker 13 13 7
Edinburghmarker 7
( Including Highland Cheiftan and 1 service via Aberdeen )
7
( Including Highland Cheiftan and 1 service via Aberdeen )
3
( Including Highland Cheiftan )
3 3 2
Kyle of Lochalshmarker 4 4 2
London Euston (Caledonian Sleeper) 1 - 1
(Highland Chieftain) 1 1 1
Wick/Thursomarker 4 4 2



Rail route information

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