NS6162 : Rutherglen railway station

taken 8 years ago, near to Rutherglen, Glasgow, Great Britain

Rutherglen railway station
Rutherglen railway station
Platform 2, in the shadow of the M74 viaduct.
Rutherglen railway station

The station is on the Argyle Line, between Dalmarnock to the north west and Cambuslang to the south east. The single island platform is connected to the town centre by means of a long, covered footbridge which also spans the West Coast Main line, but there are no active platforms on that line.

The original Rutherglen station opened in 1849 on the adjacent Caledonian Railway line to Glasgow, but this station was replaced in 1879 by a new station located 765m to the east.

The Glasgow Central Railway line opened in 1895. Services on this line ceased under the Beeching Axe in 1964, but the line was reopened as the Argyle Line in 1979.

There was an island platform on the West Coast Main Line from 1974 until the Argyle Line reopened in 1979.

There are sidings to the north of the station, running to the River Clyde. A spur to the west of the station provides a west facing link to the West Coast Main Line.

The triangle of land between the station and the West Coast Main Line was part of one of the earlier stations, but has now been planted with young trees.

M74 Northern Extension :: NS5764

The M74 Northern Extension (or M74 Completion to give it its proper title) is the missing link in the Glasgow motorway system. There were plans in the 1960s for an Inner Ring Road around the city centre, but only the northern section (the current M8) was completed. Although following a different (longer) route than that planned in the 1960s, the new road will complete the ring of motorways around Glasgow - providing a city bypass route from the south east to the M77, Paisley, Glasgow Airport and all points west.

The mostly elevated five mile long route runs from Tollcross in the east to the Kingston Bridge in the west, passing through the south-eastern suburbs of Dalmarnock, Polmadie, Rutherglen and Govanhill before skirting The Gorbals. The 750 metre bridge over the three railway lines at Port Eglinton will be on a similar scale to the nearby Kingston Bridge over the River Clyde.

Much of the route is over derelict and contaminated industrial land and 12M of the 444M cost of the road will be spent in making disused mine workings safe.

The East End Regeneration Route road is also under construction and will link the new M74 to the M8 at the M80 junction in the north of the city. This will consist of upgrades to existing roads and also some new build roads.

Here is a LinkExternal link to the official Transport Scotland website which gives details of the road and its construction.

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Saturday, 30 March, 2013   (more nearby)
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Wednesday, 3 April, 2013
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Roads, Road transport  City, Town centre  Railways 
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6144 6202 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:49.8876N 4:12.8250W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 6147 6195
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