Council Leader continues to voice concerns about Ayr Station

Despite a limited service being resumed, this Council is aware that there continue to be travel issues for people in Stranraer and the surrounding area due to public safety issues at the former Station Hotel in Ayr. An extended exclusion zone has been in place at the building adjacent to Ayr Station since 27 August 2018.

Leader of Dumfries and Galloway Council, Elaine Murray, has written to Mr Alex Hynes, Managing Director of Scotrail to voice the Council’s concerns.

In the letter Councillor Murray says that both Stranraer and Barhill stations are used by residents in the west of our region to access education, training, employment and leisure in Ayrshire and Glasgow. While the Leader says she is pleased that a limited service has been resumed, it remains essential that a full service is re-introduced as soon as possible.

The Council Leader pointed out that issues with the building are not yet resolved and further work will be needed to render the building safe. She seeks assurance that, when this happens, trains services south of Ayr will not be discontinued again.

Councillor Murray goes on to point out that prior warning will be given when future work starts, so it should be possible to put contingencies in place, such as the reopening of the Townhead depot in Ayr. It should also be possible to ensure that sufficient trains are stationed south of the affected line to allow services to Ayr to continue.

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