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Partick station is a combined railway station and underground station in the Partickmarker area of Glasgowmarker, Scotlandmarker. It, along with an adjacent bus station, forms one of the main transport hubs in Glasgow with regular services to many locations in Greater Glasgowmarker and wider Strathclyde. The station has a Gaelic sign, because there is a significant Gaelic-speaking population in the Partick area.

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Image:Partick(1).jpg|Partick is an interchange station with the subway and buses. The facility has undergone extensive renovation. The train is heading west.Image:Partick(2).jpg|The tower of Glasgow University's Old Building as seen from Partick station

History

The first station in the area was the North British Railway Company's Partickhill railway stationmarker, opened in 1887 slightly to the north of the existing site on the opposite side of the Dumbarton Road. Soon after, the Glasgow Subway opened and its Merkland Street stationmarker, slightly to the south of the existing station site, opened in December 1896. Neither was independently known as "Partick station" as there were two other railway stations in Partick between the late 19th and mid-20th centuries: Partick Central railway stationmarker (later renamed Kelvin Hall station) was further east towards Kelvingrove with Partick West stationmarker further west.

Amalgamation

The Beeching Axe of the 1960s closed Partick Westmarker and Kelvin Hall, leaving just the two stations in Partick, with Partickhill station - which escaped closure owing to a major refurbishment in 1958 - a few hundred yards north of Merkland Street. The amalgamation of the two stations to a single site came in 1979, as a major refurbishment of the Glasgow Subway coincided with the Greater Glasgow Passenger Transport Executive's decision to reopen the suburban rail line passing Partickhill station (the Argyle Line) which had been axed by Beeching. Both stations were closed (Merkland Street had been since the Subway works began in May 1977, whilst Partickhill remained in service for several months after the Argyle Line open, until replaced by the current Partick Station) and replaced with a new combined Partick station in the middle. The platforms at Partickhill are still visible from the Argyle Line, although access to Dumbarton Road is now blocked. The Merkland Street station buildings are no longer visible.

Railway station

Partick railway station is one of the primary stations on the Argyle Line and North Clyde Line of Strathclyde Partnership for Transport's suburban rail network. These lines primarily provide services to the east and west although the station itself is orientated north-south with two platforms. Statistically, it is the tenth busiest railway station in Scotland and the fifth busiest passenger interchange when subway and bus journeys from the site are included.

Argyle Line trains serve the areas of Rutherglenmarker and Cambuslangmarker, before continuing to , , via or , as well as .

North Clyde Line trains operate to , eastbound, via .

Westbound services operate to and via , and to .

Many journeys that interchange between the Argyle and North Clyde lines require passengers to change at Partick, as it is the closest station to central Glasgow with direct services to both and main line stations.

Subway station

Partick subway station is one of the largest stations on the Glasgow Subway network, and has around 1.01 million boardings per year.[254522]

It is one of only three with a dual side platform layout (the others being Govanmarker and St Enochmarker). It replaced Merkland Streetmarker, which was located to the south, after modernisation.

It is the only station on the Subway that interchanges directly with a railway station, although Buchanan Street stationmarker is linked to Queen Streetmarker by a length of moving walkway. St. Enochmarker once shared this distinction, before its parent St Enoch railway stationmarker was closed and demolished in the 1960s.

Modernisation project

Strathclyde Passenger Transport began planning an extensive modernisation of the Partick station site - which had remained largely unchanged since its opening in 1979 - as early as 1998. Work began in late 2005 and was originally scheduled for completion in January 2007. However, delays to the project resulted in this date being put back on a number of occasions. The demolition and construction work was carried out while the site remained open to avoid any disruption in rail and underground services, arguably one of the most ambitious attributes of the project.

The total cost of the project was estimated to be around £12.3million with professional fees and third-party costs accounting for £2.6million of this. However due to delays in the progression of the works and unforeseen difficulties - such as ground conditions on the land the station occupies, only discovered after the commencement of work - the company in charge of the development, C Spencer Construction, made a claim for a further £6.3million.

In early 2009, the project finally reached its conclusion and on 31 March, the new station was officially opened to the public. The work done includes the construction of a completely new and modern station building which incorporates a brand new ticket office (which has been in use since 2008). The station concourse has been completely renovated and new signs have been posted similar to those seen in and Queen Streetmarker stations. Both railway platforms have been refurbished and now have their own indoor waiting rooms. A system of lifts and escalators have been installed and updated to conform with disabled access legislation.

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Notes

  1. The Gaels In Glasgow
  2. The usage information (Station Entries and Station Exits) is based on ticket sales in the financial year 2002/03 and covers all National Rail stations. Continued usage notes, and Excel format table for all stations available.
  3. Clyde Waterfront
  4. Evening Times Online, Cost of Partick station revamp soars by £6.3m, published 12th May 2008
  5. Partick Interchange Rebuilding SPT microsite (preserved at archive.org)


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