- Ayr railway station
Infobox UK station
name = Ayr
code = AYR
caption = Looking south, terminal platforms 1 & 2 to the right, through platforms 3 & 4 on the left.
pte = SPT
latitude = 55.4583
longitude = -4.6258
gridref = NS340214
platforms = 4
usage0203 = 1.154
usage0405 = 1.257
usage0506 = 1.366
usage0607 = 1.417
12 January 1886
events = Opened
Ayr railway station serves the town of
Ayrin 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 Lineconvert|41.5|mi|km south-west of Glasgow Central railway station.
The station was opened on
12 January 1886by the Glasgow and South Western Railway.Butt, p. 22] 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 Railwaywas 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, Townhead station was renamed 'Ayr', however this second station closed the same day the current station opened. The current station was built just 300 yds south of the previous station.
Ayr station consists of two through platforms, and two bay platforms to the north.Hume, p. 46] 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
sandstonebuilding. The glazed canopy that covers a small section of all four platforms and the waiting area was originally much larger than its current size.
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 the First ScotRail's revenue protection policy. [cite web|title=First ScotRail: Automatic ticket gates|url=http://www.firstgroup.com/scotrail/ticketgates/]
The hotel attached to the station was originally opened by the
Glasgow and South Western Railwayin June 1866; and it become part of the British Transport Hotels(BTH) at Nationalisation.Carter (1990). Appendix 1.] It was sold by BTH in October 1951; 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.
Ayr used to have a daily
London Eustonservice which ran to/from Stranraer via Barassieto the Glasgow South Western Line, which was dropped in the mid 1980s. 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 restruction of British Railways the train ceased to start from Ayr.
There are trains from Ayr to Glasgow Central every half hour daily, except for Sundays during the winter timetable (Oct-May), when the frequency is hourly. 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. The expansion of low-cost carrier
Ryanairfrom Glasgow Prestwick Airportis the main reason behind the soaring passenger numbers on the Glasgow - Ayr route.fact|date=April 2008
next = Newton-on-Ayr
Ayr to Mauchline Branch
col = G&SW colour
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