Trains to Motherwell

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 Motherwell is a large town in North Lanarkshire, Scotland. The town’s name has religious roots, it comes from Mother's Well, named after the Virgin Mary, there is a plaque on Ladywell Road identifying the well’s location. The town is separated by River Clyde from Hamilton which is located to the west, whereas South Calder Water separates the town from Carfin to the north-east and Bellshit and New Stevenston towards the north. Motherwell was famous as the steel production capital of Scotland. The town’s economy is now dominated by call centres, distilleries and manufacturers of heavy equipment.

The railway first arrived in Motherwell in 1848, the town used to host a small farming community of roughly 1700 people, that thanks to the construction of the station brought to the settlement of iron and steel work factories contributing to the development and transformation of the small community into a wealthy town up until its decline in 1980s.

Motherwell is served by the homonymous train station that was built in 1970s, it is an important interchange station offering train services to Glasgow Central running every 15 minutes. The station has one main entrance on Station road. Travellers will find a ticket office, toilets and WHSmith on the station concourse. The ticket office is opened six days a week, except Thursdays when the office is shut. The box office opening hours are Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:15am to midnight. Whereas on Sundays the ticket office opens at 8:10am and it closes at 23:30pm. Outside the ticket office opening hours travellers can benefit from self-service ticket machines. Both the station and the four platforms can be accessed either via stairs or lifts. Platforms 1 and 3 are equipped with waiting rooms.  Passengers travelling by train are advised to purchase train tickets in advance to benefit from discounted railway fares.

The train station is located in the city centre and it is next to the North Lanarkshire Heritage Centre exhibiting Roman remains and the town’s steel roots.  The train journey between Motherwell and Glasgow Central is direct and is direct and it is 29 minutes long. The fast train journey takes 18 minutes. The first train to Motherwell departs at ‘5:46am, whereas the last train departs at 11:14pm.
Motherwell nearest airports are Glasgow Airport which is approximately 16 miles (26 km) away, while Edinburgh Airport is further away, at 31 miles (50 km). Travellers who wish to catch the train to Glasgow Airport will have to take the TransPennine Express train to Glasgow central and then change and take the Airport express bus. The whole journey is just over one hour. 

Motherwell serves trains running on the West Coast Main Line travelling between Glasgow Central and London King’s Cross. In addition to which it serves trains operating on the East Coast Main Line directed to Newcastle calling at Edinburgh. The station is also served by Abellio ScotRail operating trains to Carstairs, Coatbridge Central, Cumbernauld, Dalmuir, Edinburgh, Lanark, Milngavie and North Berwick. Motherwell offers a wide range of places to visit including Motherwell Cathedral, a Roman Catholic Church opened to the public most days as it is considered a monument, it attracts thousands of Catholic Pilgrim each year. Motherwell Concert Hall is also a popular venue where a number of pantomimes and musicals often take place. Families should head to the M&D Amusement Park one of the most popular Scotland’s Theme Parks. Book train tickets to Motherwell and come and visit the 5th floor of the North Lanarkshire Heritage centre to benefit from the building’s stunning view of the town and its landscape.