Ardrossan Town railway station

Ardrossan Town railway station

Ardrossan Town railway station is one of three railway stations in the town of Ardrossan, North Ayrshire, Scotland. It is one of the oldest operational railway stations in Ayrshire, although services and facilities are severely cut back from the station's peak in the early 20th century. The station is currently managed by First ScotRail and is on the Ayrshire Coast Line.

History

The station was opened in 1831 by the Ardrossan Railway and was simply known as Ardrossan. The original station had two side platforms and although was a terminus at first it became an intermediate station upon the opening of Ardrossan Pier railway station in 1840. The station was rebuilt some time around 1890,

It became part of the Glasgow and South Western Railway, passing to the London, Midland and Scottish Railway during the Grouping of 1923. The station then passed on to the Scottish Region of British Railways on nationalisation in 1948, and was renamed Ardrossan Town by British Rail on 2 March 1953.

When Sectorisation was introduced in the 1980s, the station was served by ScotRail until the Privatisation of British Railways.

The rebuilt station consisted of the two through lines with the addition of a bay platform at the north end. A goods shed and yard were located to the west of the plaforms. The main offices were located on the up platform, consisting of a one and two story ashlar building. The station was closed on 1 January 1968, and lay derelict for a number of years, though the double tracks into the bay platform remained and were used by DMUs from time to time.

Upon electrification of the Ayrshire Coast Line, the station was reopened on 19 January 1987, now unstaffed and on a far smaller scale: the double track to the harbour was singled and the up platform removed, meaning trains from both directions would now have to use the former down platform. After electrification the nearby level crossing gates remained for a number of years but have since been removed. The station buildings remained unused but were later refurbished for use as commercial properties and the branch lines into the bay platform at the station were lifted. In the early 2000s the surviving station office buildings were demolished and replaced by a contemporary red-brick commercial unit. The goods shed remains as private property.

Services

Monday to Saturdays there is an hourly service westbound to Glasgow Central, with occasional services eastbound to Ardrossan Harbour to connect with the ferry service to Brodick on the Isle of Arran.

There is no Sunday service. Passengers can use Ardrossan South Beach station instead.

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