Ardrossan Town

Location type


Names and dates

Ardrossan (1831-1953)
Ardrossan Town (1953-1967)
Ardrossan Town (1987-)

Opened on the Ardrossan and Johnstone Railway.

Open on the Kilwinning, Ardrossan and Largs.


This is a single platform station, re-opened in 1987.

In the past, this was the Glasgow and South Western Railway's main station serving Ardrossan.

As originally built, there were two platforms on the line through to the harbour, and later (after opening in 1840), Ardrossan Winton Pier. To the west of the station was a locomotive shed and a few sidings. The main station building was on the east side of the line. A roof covered the platforms at the south end. Platforms were short.

The station was substantially re-built around the opening of the Largs Branch. A bay platform was provided on the west side. The locomotive shed moved away, being replaced with a goods shed on the west side (still extant) and more sidings. Further sidings were provided on the east side. A large new glazed station roof was provided covering the circulating area (by the bay) and through platforms (with a gap for smoke). The roof was braced between the goods shed, a large was on the east side of the through platforms (still there) and station building (demolished in recent years). The bay was used for Kilmarnock and Largs trains.

The station remained, without the glazed roof, after closure in 1967 until 1987 when just the former down platform on the harbour line was re-opened. The nearby Ardrossan South Beach handled the traffic for Ardrossan during the period of closure.

The platform has been extended since re-opening and the station building, which was not used with the re-opening, demolished and replaced.



External links

Canmore site record
NLS Collection OS map of 1892-1914
NLS Collection OS map of 1944-67


Gaelic name: Baile Àird Rosain
Bike rack


03/09/1888Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Line renamed Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway. The new line intended to carry iron ore from Ardrossan to Coatbridge and Motherwell.
  /  /1895Largs Branch (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ardrossan shed [2nd] opened in the triangle of lines by Ardrossan Town.
02/03/1953Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan re-named Ardrossan Town.
06/04/1964Glasgow Paisley Kilmarnock and Ayr RailwayArdrossan Railway
Irvine (Byrehill Junction) to Stevenston (Dubbs Junction) closed to passengers. Ardrossan to Kilmarnock service via Crosshill withdrawn.
01/01/1968Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan Town closed.
06/05/1968Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier to Stevenson No 1 Signal Box [2nd] closed to all traffic, (Ardrossan North Goods coal yard and Ardrossan Refinery's bitumen depot remained accessible through harbour sidings from Ardrossan Town).
  /  /1970Lanarkshire and Ayrshire Railway
Ardrossan Montgomerie Pier and Ardrossan North to Stevenston lifted in the early 1970s. Access to the Ardrossan Refinery bitumen works at Ardrossan North is retained via the sidings from Ardrossan Town.
19/01/1987Ardrossan Railway
Ardrossan Town re-opened.