Ayr railway station

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Ayr National Rail
Ayr
Looking south; terminal platforms 1 & 2 to the right, through platforms 3 & 4 on the left
Location
Place Ayr
Local authority South Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°27′30″N 4°37′33″W / 55.4583°N 4.6258°W / 55.4583; -4.6258Coordinates: 55°27′30″N 4°37′33″W / 55.4583°N 4.6258°W / 55.4583; -4.6258
Grid reference NS340214
Operations
Station code AYR
Managed by First ScotRail
Number of platforms 4
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03 1.154 million
2004/05 Increase 1.257 million
2005/06 Increase 1.366 million
2006/07 Increase 1.417 million
2007/08 Decrease 1.385 million
2008/09 Increase 1.660 million
2009/10 Decrease 1.424 million
2010/11 Increase 1.514 million
2011/12 Increase 1.523 million
- Interchange 41,716
2012/13 Increase 1.540 million
- Interchange Decrease 41,440
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE SPT
History
12 January 1886 Opened
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ayr from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Ayr railway station serves the town of Ayr in South Ayrshire, Scotland. It is situated in Smith Street, off Burns Statue Square. The station, which is managed by First ScotRail, is on the Ayrshire Coast Line, 41.5 miles (66.8 km) south-west of Glasgow Central railway station.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 12 January 1886 by the Glasgow and South Western Railway.[1] This was the third station to be named 'Ayr' in the town: the original station, located on the former Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway, opened in 1839. When the Ayr and Dalmellington Railway was opened in 1856, a station called Ayr Townhead was opened on the south side of the town. When the original Ayr station was closed on 1 July 1857,[1] Townhead station was renamed 'Ayr', however this second station closed the same day the current station opened.[1] The current station was built just 300 yards south of the previous station.[1] The Glasgow and South Western Railway became part of the London Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923, passing on to the Scottish Region of British Railways during the nationalisation of 1948.

When sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the privatisation of British Rail.

Station description[edit]

The automatic ticket barriers in 2007

Ayr station consists of two through platforms, and two bay platforms to the north.[2] The northbound platform station building is located on the ground floor of the four-storey hotel attached to the station, and the southbound platform has a large single storey sandstone building.[2] The glazed canopy that covers a small section of all four platforms and the waiting area was originally much larger than its current size.[2]

The station has one of eight remaining ticket offices on the Ayr to Glasgow Central line, the others being Prestwick Town, Troon, Irvine, Kilwinning, Johnstone, Paisley Gilmour Street and Glasgow Central. In December 2006, the station received automatic ticket barriers as part of First ScotRail's revenue protection policy.[3]

Hotel[edit]

The hotel attached to the station was originally opened by the Glasgow and South Western Railway in June 1866; and it become part of the British Transport Hotels (BTH) at Nationalisation.[4] It was sold by BTH in October 1951;[4] and has changed ownership a number of times, having been owned by Stakis Hotels, Quality, and presently Swallow Hotels.

The Station Hotel is currently the oldest and most famous hotel in Ayr. The hotel has retained almost all of its original features inside and out.

Services[edit]

Past[edit]

Class 318s at Ayr

Ayr used to have a twice-daily London Euston service (one daytime and one sleeping car train) which ran to/from Stranraer via Barassie to the Glasgow South Western Line, which ceased in the early 1990s. In the 1980s the Royal Scot started from Ayr. Following completion of the Ayrline electrification the train operated in push-pull mode with Class 87 or 90. In the early 1990s with the restructuring of British Railways the train ceased to start from Ayr.

This service is one of the busiest on the rail network in Scotland and can suffer from serious overcrowding at peak times. To alleviate this, in June 2005 First ScotRail extended the length of trains departing Ayr between 0643 and 1813 on weekdays to six cars wherever possible. Between 2002 and 2011 the Glasgow - Ayr route were served by Class 334s and Class 318s.

May 2011[edit]

There are trains from Ayr to Glasgow Central every half hour daily, except for Sundays during the winter timetable (October–May), when the frequency is hourly. From May 2011, most services on Ayrshire and Inverclyde lines were operated by Class 380s. By the end of June 2011 Class 318 and 334 had been largely replaced, however on rare occasions they were still being used.

There are also less frequent services (operated by Class 156 DMUs) from Ayr to Girvan (roughly every two hours), Stranraer (six per day) and Kilmarnock (two-hourly). There is a limited service to Stranraer on Sundays (three trains only).


December 2012[edit]

There are three trains per hour from Ayr to Glasgow Central during weekdays consisting of two limited stop services and one all stations service. On Sundays there is a half hourly service to Glasgow.

There are also less frequent services (operated by Class 156 DMUs) from Ayr to Girvan (roughly every hour), Stranraer (six per day) and Kilmarnock (two-hourly). On Sundays there are three trains to Stranraer. As of early 2014, there are four daily services to Edinburgh Waverly direct, via Carstairs.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Terminus   First ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
  Newton-on-Ayr
Maybole   First ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Prestwick Town
Historical railways
Alloway
Line and station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Maidens and Dunure Railway
  Connection with A&DR
at Alloway Junction
Maybole Junction
Line open; station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Ayr and Dalmellington Railway
  Newton-on-Ayr
Line and station open
Connection with A&DR
at Hawkhill Junction
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Ayr to Mauchline Branch
  Auchincruive
Line open; station closed

Rail & Sea Connections[edit]

Trains connect Ayr along the Glasgow South Western Line to Stranraer where a bus link runs, route 350 operated by McLeans (except Sundays) to Cairnryan.[5] for onward ferries to the Port of Belfast by Stena Line and Larne Habour by P&O Ferries.

Trains also connect along the Ayrshire Coast Line to Troon for the P&O Ferries service to Larne Harbour.

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Butt, p. 22
  2. ^ a b c Hume, p. 46
  3. ^ "First ScotRail: Automatic ticket gates". 
  4. ^ a b Carter (1990). Appendix 1.
  5. ^ http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=13006&p=0

Sources[edit]

  • 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 1-8526-0508-1. OCLC 60251199. 
  • Carter, Oliver (1990). An illustrated history of British Railway Hotels: 1838-1983. St Michael's: Silver Link Publishing. ISBN 0-947971-36-X. 
  • Hume, John R. (1976). The Industrial Archaeology of Scotland, Vol. 1: The Lowlands and Borders. London: B. T. Batsford Ltd. ISBN 0-7134-3234-9. 

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