The Irvine that was

Irvine Bank Street railway station

Irvine Bank Street
Irvine Bank Street railway station.jpg
The former station building in 2007
LocationIrvine, Ayrshire
Coordinates55°36′58″N 4°39′51″W / 55.6162°N 4.6641°W / 55.6162; -4.6641Coordinates: 55°36′58″N 4°39′51″W / 55.6162°N 4.6641°W / 55.6162; -4.6641
Grid referenceNS322391
Other information
Original companyLanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Pre-groupingCaledonian Railway
Post-groupingLondon, Midland and Scottish Railway
Key dates
2 June 1890Opened
1 January 1917Closed
1 February 1919Reopened
2 July 1924Renamed Irvine Bank Street
28 July 1930Closed to regular services

Irvine Bank Street railway station was a railway station serving the town of Irvine, North Ayrshire, Scotland as part of the Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway.


The station opened on 2 June 1890 and was simply known as Irvine.[1] It closed between 1 January 1917 and 1 February 1919 due to wartime economy,[1][2] and upon the grouping of the L&AR into the London, Midland and Scottish Railway in 1923, the station was renamed Irvine Bank Street on 2 June 1924.[1] The station closed to passengers on 28 July 1930,[1] however the line continued to be used for freight trains until 1939.[2]

Today part of the former station buildings are in use by the Irvine Times local newspaper.



  1. ^ a b c d Butt, page 128
  2. ^ a b Stansfield, page 27


  • Butt, R. V. J. (1995). The Directory of Railway Stations: details every public and private passenger station, halt, platform and stopping place, past and present (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 978-1-85260-508-7. OCLC 60251199.
  • Stansfield, G. (1999). Ayrshire & Renfrewshire's Lost Railways. Ochiltree: Stenlake Publishing. ISBN 1-8403-3077-5.
  • Wark, Hugh, Webster, John and Higgins, Michael (1972). "Glimpses of a Caledonian Branch". In The Railway Magazine, Volume 118, No. 851. Pages 128 - 131. (March 1972).
Preceding station Historical railways Following station
Terminus   Caledonian Railway
Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Line and station closed

bank-street-irvine_6279746620_oFor a brief period at the end of the Victorian era, Irvine was serviced by two competing railway lines, the main rail link being at the Montgomery Street Station operated by the Glasgow & South Western Rail Co. And the second was operated at Bank Street by the Caledonian Rail Co. the station being built in 1890, there was hope that this second line would encourage industrial development of the area, but this was not to happen the and the station and line closed in 1930.


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