Improved rail links to and from Stranraer are set to provide a real boost to the town and the local economy, says MP Richard Arkless.
He described the new hourly Ayr to Girvan service as “very good news indeed”, adding: “Making Stranraer more accessible to visitors will have positive economic and social benefits that will impact on the town’s regeneration as a whole.”
Last Sunday, December 13, saw the launch of ScotRail’s new timetables which includes improvements for customers who travel on the route to and from Glasgow.
The changes see every other Girvan train being extended to Stranraer.
This increases the number of trains to Ayr from six to eight daily and provides two additional Sunday trains.
Some services have been extended to call at more stations and others have been retimed to provide better onward connections for customers.
Dumfries and Galloway MP Mr Arkless said: “Improved rail connectivity to Stranraer is very good news indeed.
“The changes to service times to make travelling more convenient for rail users is particularly welcome and I would encourage people to use these rail links to rediscover Stranraer.
“Now is the perfect time to visit – our Christmas lights are on and the town is abuzz with festive events and celebrations.
“Hoping on a train to visit this part of Scotland has never been easier and I hope that these new rail services will encourage many more people to come to the town.”
Aileen McLeod MSP for the South of Scotland said:
“These changes to the timetable improve the connection between Ayr and Stranraer and are a welcome addition to the direct services between Stranraer and Glasgow which we worked so hard earlier this year to protect.
“It is particularly important that, as we continue to promote Stranraer as a destination in its own right, people are able to get to the town easily and reliably. “The line itself, which I use regularly, is certainly one of the most beautiful in Scotland and there is so much to see and do in Stranraer and the surrounding area that I’m certain people who visit once will be sure to come back.
“It’s also vitally important for Stranraer to have links north which are reliable and convenient and these additions to the timetable will help in providing that.”
Commenting on the changes ScotRail said:
“This is the first set of timetable changes since we took over the franchise. We’ve worked hard to make sure we’re making the best use of our rolling stock so that, wherever possible, the busiest services have the most capacity.
“Services in the south west have been completely overhauled to allow more opportunity for local travel between Ayr and Stranraer.”