The re-opened Airdrie to Bathgate rail link has resulted in impressive numbers of passengers numbers using the route. The £300m Airdrie-Bathgate Rail Link was opened on 12th December 2010 and usage figures for the first 12 months show a significant increase in passenger numbers at existing stations. Growth figures are:- Bathgate (+4%), Uphall (+21%) and Livingston North (+12%) all showing increases in travel to and from Edinburgh.
All of the new stations at Armadale (89,388 passengers), Blackridge (40,008) and Caldercruix (68,853) are all on target to meet their initial forecasts.
The new route increases the range of options available for rail travel between Scotland’s two main cities and allows passengers to travel direct from Helensburgh and Milngavie in the west, to Bathgate and Edinburgh in the east.