Stranraer rail link times to be discussed

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DUMFRIES and Galloway MP Russell Brown and local councillor Willie Scobie are set to meet Scotrail and Transport Scotland to discuss how the timetable at Stranraer railway station can be improved.

The meeting follows concerns raised about the new rail timetable by students who rely upon trains from the station to travel to Ayr College, because the train times no longer match with college opening hours. The lack of investment in the route is also causing Stena Line, who currently use the station as their rail connection point for ferry passengers, to consider coach transfers to stations at Ayr or Girvan following their move to Loch Ryan port near Cairnryan in the autumn.

Russell Brown and Willie Scobie are due to meet Scotrail and Transport Scotland on 19 April in Stranraer.

Mr Brown said: “The rail service to and from Stranraer just isn’t good enough. The route has great potential but needs investment, more trains and a better timetable.

“The new timetable makes it difficult for local people to get to Ayr College and Stena has voiced serious concerns about the poor rail link. I hope to work with Scotrail and Network Rail to get a better service for local people. At our meeting I will be looking for a clear pledge to overhaul the frequency and timetabling of trains on offer from the station.

“A commitment to improve rail links from Stranraer will help both local people and Stena Line passengers.”

Stranraer and North Rhins councillor Willie Scobe added:

“The rail service from Stranraer needs to meet the needs of ferry passengers and the wider community, but clearly at the moment it fails on both counts.”