Glasgow Cross

Location type


Name and dates

Glasgow Cross (1895-1964)

Opened on the Glasgow Central Railway.


This was an underground station with an island platform of two faces. There was a surface level building by John James Burnet on a road traffic island in the Trongate.

The location was very much the centre of old Glasgow with the Trongate, High Street, Gallowgate, London Road and Saltmarket meeting at Glasgow Cross. The Mercat Cross was located here and nearby the Tron Steeple and Tolbooth Steeple.

The station below was almost entirely enclosed, with a small vented area, at one time glazed above.

The original surface building, octagonal and of one storey with a dome, was demolished around 1923 during road improvements for the High Street and replaced with a fairly squat block.

The signal box here closed in 1956 during resignalling.

The replacement building survived until 1977 and was dismantled in the run up to the re-opening of the Argyle Line in 1979. The station did not re-open and was replaced by the better suited Argyle Street to the east which serves the pedestrian precinct (and is not located in the middle of a road junction).

The traffic island still exists. The vent is covered by a mesh structure.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


01/11/1895Glasgow Central Railway
Rutherglen to Glasgow Cross opened to passengers. Dalmarnock, Glasgow Green and Glasgow Cross stations opened.
10/08/1896Glasgow Central Railway
Maryhill Central to Glasgow Central Low Level to Glasgow Cross opened. Maryhill Central, Kirklee, Botanic Gardens, Kelvin Bridge, Stobcross, Anderston Cross and Glasgow Central Low Level stations opened.
05/10/1964Glasgow Central Railway
Partick Central to Rutherglen closed to passengers. Partick West, Glasgow Central Low Level, Glasgow Cross, Bridgeton Cross [CR], Dalmarnock and Rutherglen closed. Bridgeton Cross [CR] to Carmyle to Newton closed to passengers. Bridgeton Cross [CR], Parkhead Stadium, Tollcross and Carmyle closed. Partick Central (excluded) to Strathclyde Junction (excluded) closed to all traffic. Bridgeton Cross [CR] to Tollcross (excluded) closed to all traffic. (The Lanarkshire and Dumbartonshire Railway also closes to passengers.)
  /  /1977Glasgow Central Railway
Glasgow Cross building demolished.