South Scotland MSP Colin Smyth has welcomed the return of the full timetabled rail service between Stranraer and Ayr Train Stations.

In an announcement from ScotRail this morning, ScotRail confirmed that the full timetable will resume from today (20 December) between Stranraer and Ayr.


As a result of South Ayrshire Council enforcing an exclusion zone at Ayr station as a result of the Ayr Station Hotel building being deemed unsafe, rail services south of Ayr were cancelled, with some services re-introduced last month. The recent announcement means that this will be the first time that the full rail service between Stranraer and Glasgow since the end of August when an exclusion zone was implemented around the Ayr Station Hotel.


Colin Smyth MSP said, “This news will be welcomed by passengers who rely on the route for work and by those who will use the train line to travel over the festive period.


It is essential that South Ayrshire Council and ScotRail continue to work closely together to ensure that contingency plans remain in place for services on the Stranraer to Glasgow train line. Any further disruption to train services as a result of future work needing to be done at the Ayr Station Hotel would be completely unacceptable. Passengers have suffered enough from the loss of services “.