Girvan railway station

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Girvan National Rail
Girvan
Girvan station from the road side
Location
Place Girvan
Local authority South Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°14′47″N 4°50′54″W / 55.2463°N 4.8482°W / 55.2463; -4.8482Coordinates: 55°14′47″N 4°50′54″W / 55.2463°N 4.8482°W / 55.2463; -4.8482
Grid reference NX190983
Operations
Station code GIR
Managed by First ScotRail
Owned by Network Rail
Number of platforms 2
Live arrivals/departures and station information
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2002/03  96,529
2004/05 Increase 99,242
2005/06 Increase 0.106 million
2006/07 Decrease 0.104 million
2007/08 Decrease 0.101 million
2008/09 Increase 0.110 million
2009/10 Increase 0.111 million
2010/11 Increase 0.114 million
2011/12 Increase 0.124 million
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE SPT
History
5 October 1877 Opened as Girvan New
1 April 1893 Renamed as Girvan
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* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Girvan from Office of Rail Regulation statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
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Girvan railway station is a railway station serving the town of Girvan, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The station is managed by First ScotRail, who operate all passenger services from there. It is on the Ayr to Stranraer section of the Glasgow South Western Line and is situated 62 miles (99 km) south of Glasgow Central. It has two platforms and is the location of one of the five passing loops on the single track line between Dalrymple Junction (south of Ayr) and Stranraer. Immediately south of the station, the line climbs steeply towards Pinmore tunnel - the climb is known as the Glendoune Bank and has a ruling gradient of 1 in 54.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 5 October 1877 by the Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway and was known as Girvan New,[1] replacing the Girvan (Old) terminus station of the Maybole and Girvan Railway situated nearby. The station closed on 7 February 1882, reopened 1 August 1883, closed 12 April 1886, reopened 18 June 1886, closed again 2 September 1886, reopened 14 July 1890, and was renamed Girvan on 1 April 1893[1] after rebuilding by the Glasgow and South Western Railway, who had taken over the G&PJR the previous year. From 1906-1942, it also served as the southern terminus of the Maidens and Dunure Light Railway.

The main station building caught fire in January 1946 and because the LMS were not disposed to finance the rebuilding costs as nationalisation rebuilding did not commence until 1949. Owing to shortage of materials it was not completed until August 1951, when based on a typical 1930s LMS design it was re-opened. Along with the signal box, it is a category B listed structure. The station clock restored in 2009 is believed to be from the original station building.

The station is part of the Carrick & Wigtownshire Community Rail Partnership SAYLSA which comprises local Community Councils, representation from South Ayrshire Council, First ScotRail as well as private individuals. SAYLSA (The Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association) has adopted the station and has provided tubs, shrubs and plants. These are tended to by the Girvan Make it Happen Group. SAYLSA also have their community shop and an office on site.

The station was the rail head for the 2009 UK Open Golf Championships.

Services[edit]

All trains on the Ayr to Stranraer route call, along with several to/from Ayr and beyond start or terminate here.

December 2012[edit]

There are fourteen northbound trains at an approximately hourly frequency northbound to Ayr, with the majority extended to Kilmarnock. There are five daily trains to Glasgow Central, four of which go via Kilwinning and the other via Kilmarnock. There are six services to Stranraer. The Sunday service consists of three services in each direction between Glasgow and Stranraer via Kilwinning.

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
Barrhill   First ScotRail
Glasgow South Western Line
  Maybole
Historical railways
Junction with
G&PJR
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Maidens and Dunure Light Railway
  Turnberry
Line closed, station closed
Connection with
G&PJR
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Maybole and Girvan Railway
  Grangeston Halt
Line open, station closed
Pinmore
Line open, station closed
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Girvan and Portpatrick Junction Railway
  Connection with
M&GR

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Butt, page 103

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. 
  • Jowett, Alan (March 1989). Jowett's Railway Atlas of Great Britain and Ireland: From Pre-Grouping to the Present Day (1st ed.). Sparkford: Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1-8526-0086-1. OCLC 22311137. 

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