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Train services in Ayrshire have been axed after a farm vehicle struck a bridge. Services are expected to be affected until at least 2pm after the accident in Girvan.
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Commitment to decarbonise passenger rail services by 2035. Plans to decarbonise Scotland's rail passenger services by 2035 have been launched by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson today.



Railscot note - PDF page 8 shows electrification of lines by 2035:

- Glasgow - Aberdeen - Inverurie

- All lines in Fife including Levenmouth

- Highland Main Line

- Borders line

- Glasgow - Barrhead - Dumfries - Carlisle

- East Kilbride

- Kilmarnock - Ayr

- Anniesland - Maryhill

Partial electrification or alternative technology:

- Ayr- Girvan

- Inverurie - Inverness - Tain

Battery or alternative technology:

- West Highland Lines

- Far North Line

- Kyle Line

- Girvan - Stranraer
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Scotland: Transport Scotland - Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan for 2035. Lines shown in red are to be electrified. Those in yellow to be alternative traction, possibly prior to electrification. Those in green to be alternative traction with a permanent solution such as battery use.
Transport Scotland 28/07/2020

Carrick's MSP has voiced concern over the future of the Girvan to Stranraer railway line, and Girvan station, after a decision by Irish Sea ferry operator Stena Line to bus its passengers straight to Ayr from its new port at Cairnryan.
(Permalink) Cairnryan Girvan Stena Line Stranraer


Girvan: The driver of the 1102 to Stranraer has collected the token from the Girvan signalman on 26 May and is ready to set off south with unit 156 514.
Colin Miller 26/05/2010


Girvan: The immaculate interior of the waiting room at Girvan, Scotland's only art deco station, seen on 3 June. Even the ceiling is glossy. The more modern seating is unfortunately not sympathetic, though probably more comfortable than the wooden benches it no doubt replaced.
David Panton 03/06/2010


Stranraer: A Sunday morning service for Glasgow Central leaving Stranraer Harbour in August 2003.
John Furnevel 17/08/2003

Train services beyond Girvan will be cut at the end of the year under new timetable plans by rail bosses. The Gazette has learned that services to Barrhill and Stranraer will be cut to only six a day, but services to Maybole and Girvan will see a 25 per cent increase.


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Meeting was held in Stranraer on the 18th and 19th of May at the North West Castle Hotel.

Stena's route director Alan Gordon said that the move to Cairnryan might occur at end-2006, but he predicted that with shorter journey times and more journey opportunities there would be a long-term future for rail and sail in the growing market for travel between Northern Ireland and Scotland, which would in future involve a bus transfer between Cairnryan and the train at Girvan, Stranraer or a station between those points.



ScotRail Operations Director Steve Banaghan said that transferring ferry
passengers to Girvan could be the best option. There would be an opportunity
as well as a threat presented by the ferry being moved since if the
timetable was no longer driven by ferry times, it could potentially be a
positive thing for the line. However Chris Ballance MSP claimed that it was
'remarkably perverse logic' to take half the passengers off the train at
Girvan, and James King of the RPC also expressed concern that ferry
passengers might be reluctant to transfer between trains and buses.



John Nelson for Dumfries and Galloway Council said that their top rail
aspiration was for a relocated station at either Cairnryan Road or the old
Town site where it could better serve the people of Stranraer.
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The future of Stranraer station (formerly Stranraer Harbour) must be in doubt following Stena's planned relocation of their ferry terminal from Stranraer to Cairnryan. The scheme requires planning approval.


The move was anticipated, there is a possiblity that the harbour station will be closed to be replaced by a re-opened Stranraer Town station. The crossing to Ireland was the raison d'etre for both the line from Ayr to Stranraer and the closed Dumfries to Stranraer line.


The new berths will be a joint venture between Stena and P&O who already operate from Cairnryan.


It is disappointing that the move comes 41 years after closure of the railway to Cairnryan when relocation of the ferry services from Stranraer to Cairnryan was discussed at that time.
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