Ayr Station Hotel :: Shared Description

In March 2018 South Ayrshire Council (SAC) issued a second Dangerous Building Notice on the owners of the Category B Listed LinkExternal link former hotel. The notice related to various items including defective sandstone and decorative ironworks, loose slates, loose downpipes and unstable roof signage. An earlier notice was issued on the owners in 2013 (the majority owner is a Malaysian businessman, Network Rail is a minority owner).

In July 2018 SAC began safety inspection work at the hotel and set up safety exclusion zones as part of that work. Since then and until the time of writing in December 2018, the safety exclusion zone has been expanded at least twice to the extent that it has affected rail services from the adjacent Ayr station.

The effect on rail services included closure of the booking office and main concourse, creation of a temporary booking office, adjustment of the platform lengths, creation of a temporary footbridge at platform level across Platforms 1 & 2 and a reduction in the length of some trains. Services to Stranraer were suspended for several weeks until a reduced service was put in place on 1st November 2018. Some Ayr services from Glasgow are terminating at Prestwick Town, where a replacement bus service completes the journey to Ayr. The main road and pedestrian access to the station is closed and temporary arrangements are in place.

A task force has been set up by Transport Scotland to tackle the problem, but no end is in sight and the fate of the once very popular and prestigious hotel building hangs very much in the balance.

Update: Full train service was reintroduced on 2oth December 2018.
by Thomas Nugent
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NS3421 : Temporary footbridge at Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Temporary access at Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Ayr Station Hotel by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Station Hotel by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Temporary access at Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Ayr Station Hotel by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Station Hotel by Thomas Nugent
NS3321 : Station Hotel by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Temporary footbridge at Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Temporary footbridge at Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Hoarding at Ayr railway station by Thomas Nugent
NS3321 : Burns Statue Square by Thomas Nugent
NS3421 : Ayr Station Hotel by Thomas Nugent


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Created: Wed, 12 Dec 2018, Updated: Fri, 28 Dec 2018

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