Fort William railway station

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Fort William National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: An Gearasdan
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Location
Place Fort William
Local authority Highland
Coordinates 56°49′15″N 5°06′17″W / 56.8207°N 5.1047°W / 56.8207; -5.1047Coordinates: 56°49′15″N 5°06′17″W / 56.8207°N 5.1047°W / 56.8207; -5.1047
Grid reference NN105741
Operations
Station code FTW
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2004/05  0.114 million
2005/06 Increase 0.115 million
2006/07 Increase 0.116 million
2007/08 Increase 0.120 million
2008/09 Increase 0.122 million
2009/10 Increase 0.134 million
2010/11 Increase 0.135 million
2011/12 Increase 0.139 million
2012/13 Decrease 0.136 million
2013/14 Increase 0.146 million
History
Original company British Rail
13 June 1975 Station opened[1]
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Fort William from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Fort William railway station is a railway station serving the town of Fort William in the Highland region of Scotland.

History

The present Fort William station opened by British Rail on 13 June 1975. It replaced the original terminus which was further west and alongside Loch Linnhe at Station Square, at the time in close proximity to then location of Macbrayne's former bus station. The old station was a stone built construction featuring a turret and a double arched entranceway. The station had three platforms, and was demolished in 1975 to make way for the Fort William bypass.

The current station lies in the shadow of Ben Nevis. The present station buildings are a 1970s grey concrete construction.

The station is on the West Highland Line and the starting point for The Jacobite, the only scheduled steam hauled train to run on the mainline in Great Britain.

Refurbishment of the facilities at Fort William railway station has recently[when?] been completed thanks to a £750,000 investment. The refurbishment includes new shower facilities and refurbished toilets. The shower facilities include two showers for ladies, two for gentlemen and one unisex shower facility for disabled people. Use of these shower facilities is free of charge for first class Caledonian Sleeper ticket holders and costs £3.50 for standard passengers and station users.

Services

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The Caledonian Sleeper (left) and a daytime Glasgow to Mallaig service

As of the summer 2015 timetable, Fort William has three daytime trains per day in each direction on Mondays to Saturdays, running between Glasgow Queen Street and Mallaig. There is also a daily early morning service to Mallaig that starts at Fort William, with a similar return service in the evening. Additionally, the Caledonian Sleeper operates six nights per week (not Saturdays) from London Euston, terminating at Fort William. The regular Sunday service consists of one train per day each way between Glasgow and Mallaig, with the schedule in the peak season supplemented by an additional round trip and one service between Fort William and Mallaig.

The Jacobite operates between Fort William and Mallaig, only stopping at Glenfinnan. This runs through the summer until late October, with a maximum of two trains per day Monday to Saturday and one on Sunday in the high season. A reduced Jacobite timetable is operated later in the summer.[2]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Spean Bridge   Abellio ScotRail
West Highland Line
  Terminus
Banavie    
Spean Bridge   Caledonian Sleeper
Highland Caledonian Sleeper
  Terminus
Glenfinnan   West Coast Railway Company
The Jacobite
May–October
  Terminus
Historical railways
Spean Bridge
Line and station open
  North British Railway
West Highland Railway
  Terminus
Banavie Pier
Line mostly open; station closed
  North British Railway
West Highland Railway
 
Banavie
Line and station open
  North British Railway
Mallaig Extension Railway of West Highland Railway
  Terminus

Signalling

Since its opening in 1975, the present Fort William station has been equipped with colour light signals. The signalling is controlled from an 'NX' (entrance-exit) panel in Mallaig Junction signal box (now named 'Fort William Junction'). The single line between the junction and the station is worked by the Track Circuit Block system, so no tokens are needed for that part of the route.

See also

References

Notes

  1. Butt (1995)
  2. "West Highland timetable" (PDF). ScotRail. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 

Sources

External links

Media related to Fort William railway station at Wikimedia Commons