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Written by Robert Clarke - 10 Sep 2007
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Location notes
This station was opened in 1986, when the Bathgate line was re-opened to passengers, and serves a small village, curiously called Uphall Station. It also acts at the railhead for Broxburn, on the other side of the M8.
The station is also, effectively, the railhead for the north east industrial area of Livingston new town, the centre of which is 10 minutes away.
Livingston is the administrative centre for West Lothian Council.
Railway type and traffic
The station is served by First Scotrail trains on the Edinburgh - Bathgate service. These produce mainly class 158 DMUs, with the odd appearance by a 170. There's an irregular flow to/from Bathgate Car Terminal, which is always hauled by an DB Schenker class 66.
However, things are changing. In March 2007, the bill to re-open the Airdrie - Bathgate link goes for its final in the Scottish Parliament. At the time of my visit, 19th February 2007, preparatory work was already underway, vegetation being cleared on the opposite side of the single track.
The Bathgate line currently is single track from just east of Newbridge junction to Bathgate station. Under the new plans, services from Balloch to Drumgelloch (west of Airdrie) will be extended to Edinburgh, via Caldercruix. As far as the Bathgate line goes, this will require twin tracking the whole way, with Uphall and Livingston North stations being rebuilt, Newbridge junction being re-modelled, and Bathgate station being re-sited, as the trains will observe the old alignment, and the current Bathgate station, in the town centre, will be closed.
For full details, and the latest on the plans, visit the Airdrie Bathgate Rail Link project website.
Environment
The station is at the north end of Uphall Station village, and is near the M8 motorway. It can be chilly sometimes.
Although I've no experience of the area after dark, I'd advise only daytime visits.
Road directions
Follow the M8 to Livingston, and then follow the signs for Livingston at the Deer Park junction. As you drive down, you will see Uphall station on the boards. Follow the signs past the first roundabout, and keep on the road till the traffic lights. Turn left, and enter Uphall station village. The station is signposted at the bottom of the village.

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Uphall map co-ordinates
Parking
The station has a big and busy car park. If it is full, you will need to park elsewhere, but this is at your own risk. If you do have to park elsewhere, keep all valuables out of sight, and park courteously. Lothian and Borders police will prosecute motorists who block driveways etc.
Public transport
First Scotrail runs a regular service from Bathgate to Edinburgh Waverley, calling at Uphall.
Bus services are provided by First Edinburgh and E&M Horsburgh - 0870 608 2 608

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Amenities
Like the vast majority of unmanned stations, Uphall has no facilities. There is a local shop across the road but for all other amenities, including toilets, you'll need 2 go into Livingston Town Centre, which is 10 minutes drive away. Visit Almondvale Shopping for more information, and McCarthurglen or Livingston Designer Outlet for more information.
Accommodation
I am not aware of any in Livingston new town. Best consult Visit Scotland.
Sun Compass
Sun Compass using Suncalc by brought to you by Vladimir Agafonkin:
It might be necessary to adjust the time to suit your visit, this link should open with the current day.
Uphall

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Streetmap links
Uphall general view map
Uphall close up map

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Photographic notes
The M8 motorway is visible from the station, and therefore the noise will be heard on videos.
All passenger trains stop here, but the station is on a bend, so you will not get a lot of notice that they are coming. Do not rely on the automated departure screens; I watched one that said the train was running 4 minutes late, only for it to arrive early, and leave on time!
In the car park is a metal access gate for Network Rail, and this can be used as a further vantage point for taking pictures.


General views - All photographs © Robert Clarke unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 1 - Looking west


Fig 2 - Looking east


Fig 2 - Looking east


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