Haymarket railway station
For the Tyne and Wear Metro
Tyne and Wear Metro
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 see Haymarket Metro station
Haymarket Metro station
Haymarket Metro station is a station on the Tyne and Wear Metro in the north of the city centre of Newcastle upon Tyne. Like the other stations in the city centre, its platforms are located underground...


Haymarket railway station is in Haymarket
Haymarket, Edinburgh
Haymarket is an area of Edinburgh, Scotland. It is in the west of the city and is a focal point for many main roads, notably Dalry Road , Corstorphine Road and Shandwick Place .Haymarket contains a number of popular pubs, cafés and...

, Edinburgh
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, Scotland
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. It is Edinburgh's second largest station after Waverley
Edinburgh Waverley railway station
Edinburgh Waverley railway station is the main railway station in the Scottish capital Edinburgh. Covering an area of over 25 acres in the centre of the city, it is the second-largest main line railway station in the United Kingdom in terms of area, the largest being...

, a major commuter and long-distance destination, located quite centrally near the West End. Trains from the station serve much of Scotland west and north of Edinburgh (including Fife
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 and Glasgow
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), and local lines to the east, and the trunk route down the east coast of England
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The station opened in 1842 as the original terminus
Terminal Station
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 of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway
The Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway was a railway built to link Glasgow and Edinburgh. The Act of Parliament for building the railway received its Royal Assent in 1838 which was open on 28 July 1863. Services started between Glasgow Queen Street and Haymarket on 21 February 1842. The line was...

, before the line was extended in 1846 through the Haymarket tunnels and Princes Street Gardens to what is now Waverley station. Its name has always been just 'Haymarket', as opposed to 'Edinburgh Haymarket' - although this designation is still erroneously used in timetables by some companies.

In 1989 the south tunnel was electrified and Platform 1 was extended as part of the East Coast electrification project to allow through electric trains from London Kings Cross to Glasgow Central, and from Edinburgh Waverley to the West Coast Main Line. In 2011 in conjunction with the Airdrie to Bathgate project
Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link
The Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link is a railway in central Scotland.Instigated as part of a round of transport improvement projects proposed by the then Scottish Executive in 2003, the plan was to open up a fourth direct railway link between the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The project was...

 the North Tunnel was also electrified.

Current station and usage

The station has four through platforms and, since December 2006, one bay platform
Bay platform
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 on the north side of the station. As a general rule, trains to/from stations across the Forth Bridge
Forth Bridge
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 make use of Platforms 1 and 2 (the non-electrified lines on the left of the 2004 photograph), with trains to/from Glasgow and the West Coast Main Line
West Coast Main Line
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 using Platforms 3 and 4. The bay platform (Platform 0) was built for services terminating at Haymarket while major engineering works were taking place at Waverley station. All platforms are electrified.

The station is now listed amongst the most congested on the Scottish railway network due to rapid increases in passenger numbers (see usage data to the right). The Network Rail
Network Rail
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 Business Plan 2007 suggests that options for remodelling passenger facilities at the station are to be considered during the period of the plan. The installation of passenger lifts is scheduled to be completed by December 2010; all platforms will then become fully accessible to those with reduced mobility.

Haymarket TMD
Haymarket TMD
Haymarket TMD is a railway Traction Maintenance Depot situated inside Edinburgh, Scotland, next to Haymarket Station and Murrayfield Stadium. The depot is operated by First ScotRail. The depot code is HA.-External links:A of the depot.-References:...

, a service and maintenance depot, is located 1 kilometre (0.621372736649807 mi) west of the station, on the north side of the railway, adjacent to Murrayfield Stadium
Murrayfield Stadium
Murrayfield Stadium is a sports stadium located in the west end of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. Its all-seater capacity was recently reduced from 67,800 to 67,130 to incorporate the largest permanent "big screen" in the country though it still remains the largest stadium in Scotland and one...



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