Ardrossan South Beach railway station

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Ardrossan South Beach National Rail
Scottish Gaelic: Tràigh a Deas Àird Rosain
Ardrossan South Beach railway station in 2009.jpg
Location
Place Ardrossan
Local authority North Ayrshire
Coordinates 55°38′28″N 4°48′00″W / 55.6410°N 4.8001°W / 55.6410; -4.8001Coordinates: 55°38′28″N 4°48′00″W / 55.6410°N 4.8001°W / 55.6410; -4.8001
Grid reference NS238421
Operations
Station code ASB
Managed by Abellio ScotRail
Number of platforms 1
Live arrivals/departures, station information and onward connections
from National Rail Enquiries
Annual rail passenger usage*
2011/12 Increase 0.235 million
– Interchange  Increase 252
2012/13 Increase 0.242 million
– Interchange  Increase 295
2013/14 Decrease 0.219 million
– Interchange  Increase 344
2014/15 Steady 0.219 million
– Interchange  Increase 372
2015/16 Increase 0.221 million
– Interchange  Decrease 325
Passenger Transport Executive
PTE SPT
History
Original company Ardrossan Railway
Pre-grouping Glasgow and South Western Railway
Post-grouping LMS
1 January 1883 Opened
National RailUK railway stations
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
* Annual estimated passenger usage based on sales of tickets in stated financial year(s) which end or originate at Ardrossan South Beach from Office of Rail and Road statistics. Methodology may vary year on year.
170433 at Edinburgh Waverley.JPG UK Railways portal
Railway Stations in Ardrossan
Largs Branch (AR)
Lanarkshire & Ayrshire Rly
Castlemill JuncHolm Junc
Ardrossan South Beach
Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan North (L&AR)
Parkhouse Junction
Harbour Junction
Ardrossan Town (AR)
Ardrossan
Montgomerie Pier
(L&AR)
Winton Junction
Ardrossan Winton Pier (AR)
Ardrossan Harbour (BR)
Harbour Sidings

Ardrossan South Beach railway station is one of three in the town of Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland. The station is managed by Abellio ScotRail and is on the Ayrshire Coast Line.

History[edit]

The station was opened on 1 January 1883 by the Glasgow and South Western Railway,[1] during the extension of the former Ardrossan Railway to Largs. It became part of the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948.

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

Originally a two side platform station, the eastbound platform was demolished in 1987, with passenger trains for both directions now using the westbound platform. The eastbound track remains and is used for freight (mainly to and from Hunterston Terminal). A ticket office is still present at this station and is manned for most services. The short (1 mile/1.6km) branch line to Ardrossan Harbour diverges just to the northwest at Holm Junction, providing rail access to the ferry terminal used by the Caledonian McBrayne sailings to the Isle of Arran.

There were locomotive sheds just slightly to the west of the station, built in 1881.[2] This was a fairly large complex including offices, stores and workshops and employed over 300 people at its peak. The succession of diesel engines over steam led to the sheds' demise, and they were demolished in 1975.[2] A single siding is in place at the site.

Facilities[edit]

The station has a small car park (23 spaces) and ticket office staffed seven days a week.[3]

Services[edit]

Preceding station National Rail National Rail Following station
West Kilbride   Abellio ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
  Saltcoats
Ardrossan Town   Abellio ScotRail
Ayrshire Coast Line
 
Historical railways
West Kilbride
Line and station open
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Largs Branch
  Connection with
Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan Town
Line and station open
  Glasgow and South Western Railway
Ardrossan Railway
  Saltcoats
Line and station open

2009[edit]

On Monday to Saturdays, there is a half-hourly service eastbound to Glasgow Central and an hourly service westbound to both Ardrossan Town and Largs. Since 2009, most Ardrossan Town services have been extended to Ardrossan Harbour, where there are ferry connections to Brodick on the Isle of Arran.

On Sundays, there is usually an hourly service towards Glasgow Central and Largs with extra services to Ardrossan Harbour, connecting with the ferry.

From December 2011[edit]

On Sundays, there are usually hourly services towards Glasgow Central and Largs, with five services to Ardrossan Harbour connecting with the ferry.[4]

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Butt, p. 18
  2. ^ a b McSherry, p. 10
  3. ^ http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations/asb/details.html
  4. ^ Table 221 National Rail timetable, May 2016

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