Glasgow Central was opened by the Caledonian Railway in 1879, and completely rebuilt between 1901 and 1905. The changes extended the Central Hotel that still fronts the station, and added a number of famous architectural features, including the glass-walled bridge that became a popular meeting point for visiting Highlanders – earning it the nickname the 'Hielanman's Umbrella'. Rail fans can learn more about this historic station on daily guided tours, which include underground vaults and a disused Victorian platform. Glasgow Central's architecture reflects the prosperity brought by the Industrial Revolution, when Glasgow became known as the 'Second City of the British Empire'. That legacy is reflected in the fine Victorian buildings throughout the city, such as the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. And you don't have to go far to see that Glasgow remained a cultural powerhouse into the 20th century and beyond – the exceptional Gallery of Modern Art is just five minutes' walk from Glasgow Central.
Glasgow Central is the busiest station in Scotland, providing numerous links both into the north of the country, as well as long-distance routes into England. It serves as the northern terminus for the Avanti West Coast route, bringing in passengers from Manchester, Birmingham and London. It also acts as the main interchange hub for Scotrail, with 8 different lines on the network calling at Glasgow Central.
|Weekdays||05:30 - 21:30|
|Saturday||05:30 - 21:30|
|Sunday||09:15 - 21:30|
|Staffing level||Full time|
|Left Luggage phone number||0141 221 8597|
|Left Luggage Website||http://www.left-baggage.co.uk/locations.php|
|Shops note||Wide range of shops|
|Telephone types||Coins and cards|
Located on concourse
|Bureau de Change||Available|
|Tourist Information Office||Unavailable|
|Toilets notes||<p>Accessible toilets can be located platform 1 and 8 both toilets are operated with a radar Key</p>|
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|Staff Help notes|
Any member of station staff can help or at the mobility assistance point, travel centre as well as the ticket office. Passengers should arrange assistance before travel with the relevant train operator: CrossCountry 08448 110 125 Virgin Trains East Coast 03457 225 225 First TransPennine Express 0800 1072 149 ScotRail 0800 9122 901 Virgin Trains 08000 158 123
The Mobility Assistance point is open between 07:00 - 22:00. When closed passengers should see any member of station staff.
|Customer help points||Available|
|Weekdays||Open 24 hours|
|Saturday||Open 24 hours|
|Sunday||Open 24 hours|
|Carpark name||Oswald Street NCP Car Park|
|Car parking spaces||555|
|Cycle storage spaces||78|
|Sheltered cycle storage||Available|
|Cycle storage CCTV||Available|
|Cycle storage notes||<p>Located in front of the escalators to platforms 17& 18 beside the British Transport Police office</p>|
|Step-free access||Whole station|
|Step-free access notes|
Platforms 1-15 are all on the same level and require no step free access. To access low level Platforms 16 & 17 there are escalators. Disabled passengers should use the lift behind the ticket barriers on platforms 11-15. Disabled passengers can also leave by lifts to Hope Street and can leave all other exits by foot bar Union Street. For step free access to Union Street disabled passengers should exit by Gordon Street.
|Ramps for train access||Available|
|Accessible ticket machines||Available|
|Accessible Booking Office counter||Available|
|Accessible taxis notes|
Accessible taxis can be located on Gordon Street. Mobility assistance can collect and take passengers to this taxi rank
|Monday Tuesday Wednesday Friday||07:00 - 19:00|
|Saturday||07:00 - 18:00|
|Sunday||10:00 - 17:40|
Dedicated corporate area with fixed desks for laptops. Designer chairs. Electronic departure information.
All three entrances to Glasgow Central - Gordon Street, Union Street and Hope Street - lead passengers into the main concourse. Platforms 1-15 can be accessed direct from the concourse. Platforms 16-17 are on a lower level, and accessible via stairs, escalators and lifts adjacent to platforms 14 and 15. An 'F' or 'R' beside your platform number denotes the 'front' or 'rear' train. The 'front' train is the one furthest from the concourse.