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South Ayrshire Council yesterday blocked the sale of the Station Hotel.

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Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

A community group has notified South Ayrshire Council of their intention to apply to purchase Ayr Station under the community right to buy scheme.

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Robert Burns knew it as 'Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses, For honest men and bonny lasses'. The Scottish bard would not recognise it now. Save Britain's Heritage (SBH) says the town at the heart of Burns country is becoming a 'wasteland of demolition sites'. The conservation charity is campaigning to stop the local council from demolishing Ayrs Victorian Station Hotel because it says the loss of the derelict but still 'impressive' landmark will add to the towns decline.
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Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen? ...
Colin Miller 17/09/2018

A community group has conducted a review of the Feasibility Study made on The Station Hotel because they feel certain options are being overlooked.

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Ayr: Most unusual - a Class 156 'parked' in Platform 2 at Ayr on 10th July 2020. Unfortunately, no progress on the Station Hotel was apparent on this visit.
Colin Miller 10/07/2020


Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020


Ayr: The Eighth Wonder of the World - The Hanging Gardens of Ayr Station. This view shows the rail side of this badly-neglected building. At last the local press and politicians are taking notice of this.< ...
Colin Miller 30/10/2015

A feasibility study on the future of the station hotel in Ayr shows that the B-listed building could become student accommodation or a new transport hub.
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Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen? ...
Colin Miller 17/09/2018

Options are finally being revealed for the future of the Station Hotel in Ayr.
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Ayr: Most unusual - a Class 156 'parked' in Platform 2 at Ayr on 10th July 2020. Unfortunately, no progress on the Station Hotel was apparent on this visit.
Colin Miller 10/07/2020


Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen? ...
Colin Miller 17/09/2018


Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

Police in Ayr have vowed to step up patrols around the crumbling Station Hotel site after extremely reckless actions of youngsters entering the building.
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Campaigners who want to save the crumbling Station Hotel have criticised a recent public consultation.

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Ayr's tech hub have got behind the campaign to save the Station Hotel with bold plans for a laser projection onto the building itself.

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Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen? ...
Colin Miller 17/09/2018


Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

A group who halted the demolition of Ayr's Seafield House want to help save the crumbling Station Hotel.
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Ayr: Most unusual - a Class 156 'parked' in Platform 2 at Ayr on 10th July 2020. Unfortunately, no progress on the Station Hotel was apparent on this visit.
Colin Miller 10/07/2020


Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

Campaigners Save Britain's Heritage have called for the 'splendid landmark' to be rescued from its owners
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Ayr: Behind this bland facade of scaffolding and cling film is the iconic Ayr Station Hotel. What will emerge in due course? 4th October 2018.
Colin Miller 04/10/2018


Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen? ...
Colin Miller 17/09/2018


Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

Public opinion is to be canvassed as the long running saga over Ayr's Station Hotel takes a new turn.

Bosses at South Ayrshire Council have today announced an independent feasibility study over the building's future is underway.
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Ayr: The 10.51 for Edinburgh via Glasgow Central (reverse) awaits departure from Ayr on 4th November 2019. On the return, in spite of the conductor's assurances that the same reversal applied at Central ...
Colin Miller 04/11/2019


Ayr: Most unusual - a Class 156 'parked' in Platform 2 at Ayr on 10th July 2020. Unfortunately, no progress on the Station Hotel was apparent on this visit.
Colin Miller 10/07/2020


Ayr Station Hotel: Seen from the platform, Ayr's Station Hotel may be semi derelict but it is still at least partially furnished. Note the writing desk with lamps - 'Would madam care for some Quink for her fountain pen? ...
Colin Miller 17/09/2018

A messy spot across from the crumbling Station Hotel has been given a welcome makeover this week.

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Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station. The installation of a new modular block to the east of the station; opposite platform four, will provide staff with a fully functioning base, independent of the original station building. It will serve as a booking-on point for drivers and host general welfare facilities for all station-based staff. First phase work alone represents an investment of circa £1.3m to improve Ayr station. The location of the new block means that work can be progressed without the need to close the line at any point. It will also enable the removal of portacabins to free up parking spaces.
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Ayr: General view of Ayr Station, Platforms 1, 2 and 3 from Platform 4 looking north on 1st May 2020. Photo ancillary to a permitted walk during the Corona virus emergency.
Colin Miller 01/05/2020


Ayr: Work is about to begin on a new staff accommodation block at Ayr station in the first phase of a programme that will unlock significant improvements for passengers and the operation of the station.
Network Rail //2020

The son of a former owner of Ayrs crumbling Station Hotel has backed the campaign to save it. Andrew Melvin has revealed incredible stories of growing up in the hotel in the 1950s to campaigner Esther Clark who chairs the Ayr Station Hotel Community Action Group.

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Ayr: Swindon InterCity DMUs stabled at Ayr Townhead (the old name of the station) in autumn 1960 with the platforms on the left beyond the Station Hotel. These sidings are now the car park, today's Ayr Tow ...
Bill Hamilton /10/1960


Ayr: The Station and Station Hotel at Ayr, seen here on 1st June 2012. The impressive structure was built to the design of Andrew Galloway, Chief Engineer of the G&SWR, in 1886. The view from the platform ...
Colin Miller 01/06/2012


Ayr: Looking across the platforms at Ayr station in July 2002 with a train for Glasgow Central standing alongside bay platform 1. The Station Hotel dominates the scene.
John Furnevel 12/07/2002

Scaffolding that currently supports Ayr's Station Hotel could remain there for the next five years.

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A politician has called for immediate action to decide the future of the Station Hotel after the damning final report was published.

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Ayr: Men at work on the roof of the deteriorating Ayr Station Hotel. Work continues to stabilise the building.
Colin Miller 26/07/2018

The shock cost of repairing the station hotel has not phased a campaign group who insist the hotel can still be saved.
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A damning structural report has found close to 1000 defects in the crumbling Station Hotel in Ayr.

Collapsed ceilings on multiple floors, rat and pigeon droppings on surfaces and missing window panes are just some of hundreds of problems.


Water has been seeping into the once grand B-listed building scarring the walls with damp and mould.
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An elusive Malaysian businessman who has owned Ayrs Station Hotel for the best part of a decade is being pursued by Network Rail for the costs it incurred when the adjoining railway station had to be partially closed last year.
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ScotRail staff in Ayr have been working from portable cabins for months after Station Hotel was declared unsafe.
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Ayr: The Ayr station hotel on 8th December 2018 - honestly! A scaffolding framework is being erected over the roof and the hotel façade is completely obscured by this.
Colin Miller 08/12/2018


Ayr: Although normal trains services have been resumed at Ayr, in the closed-off booking hall / concourse, the information displays play normally for no-one to see and work continues. 22nd December 2018.
Colin Miller 22/12/2018


Ayr: The sealed-off concourse and Platform 3 steps at Ayr, seen on 6 February 2019. For now you have to buy your tickets from a Portakabin(TM) well away from the now dangerous station building. The neglect ...
David Panton 06/02/2019

Railway staff complain they are 'crammed' into portable cabins at the Station Hotel.

And they called for better conditions for workers and customers.

It is understood Ayr railway station will never operate from the abandoned building again.

Now there are plans for Scotrail workers to move into other portable cabins at the bottom of the car park on Station Road.
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Ayr: Semi-fast (left) and stopping trains for Glasgow wait in the bays at Ayr on 6 February 2019. Temporary station accommodation can be seen on the right. The screened-off part of the crumbling hotel buil ...
David Panton 06/02/2019


Ayr: Although normal trains services have been resumed at Ayr, in the closed-off booking hall / concourse, the information displays play normally for no-one to see and work continues. 22nd December 2018.
Colin Miller 22/12/2018


Ayr: The sealed-off concourse and Platform 3 steps at Ayr, seen on 6 February 2019. For now you have to buy your tickets from a Portakabin(TM) well away from the now dangerous station building. The neglect ...
David Panton 06/02/2019

Network Rail has paid out over £724,000 in compensation to train operators while part of Ayr Station has been cordoned off because of the unsafe condition of the adjacent Station Hotel. Now Conservative MSP Brian Whittle is calling for the owners of the derelict building to be forced to cover the costs of the disruption caused.
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Rail services through Ayr are expected to return to normal, four months after a crumbling former hotel led to safety concerns.

An exclusion zone was extended around Ayr station in August after the building was found to be unsafe.

It led to serious disruption to services between Glasgow Central, Ayr, Girvan, Stranraer and Kilmarnock.

Train operator ScotRail said a full service would resume on Thursday, after the unsafe structure was contained.
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Train services between Ayr and Stranraer will be restored from today.

Earlier this year South Ayrshire Council enforced an exclusion zone at Ayr station. This was because the privately-owned former Station Hotel has been deemed unsafe.

While Ayr station remains open for business, the exclusion zone means we have had to make changes to services to and from Ayr, including the cancellation of services between Ayr and Stranraer.
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A painstaking mission aimed at re-opening parts of Ayr railway station is to get underway.

Safety teams will work 24 hours a day to try and get the hub moving again.

Work, which begins this Saturday, is expected to last until mid-October.

Council bosses hope their move will reduce the extended exclusion zone which has paralysed the town's train station.

Services to Glasgow Central are currently restricted in size with all six carriage trains halting at Prestwick Town.

All trains south of Ayr are cancelled.

Contractors are now set to move in with the aim of reinstating those lost services.
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ScotRail has been forced to try and ease pressure on the Ayr to Glasgow line, caused by services being restricted by the Station Hotel troubles. Rush hour trains between Ayr and Glasgow Central are to terminate at Prestwick from next week ... Buses will ferry passengers between Ayr and Prestwick to join the affected trains. Weekday rush hour services will terminate at Prestwick, allowing six carriages to run on the line, with Saturday services widely hit. Trains south of Ayr remain cancelled completely.
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It was once a luxurious retreat for well-heeled and prosperous travellers looking to sample the charms of the Scottish seaside during the heyday of the Age of Steam.

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An exclusion zone has been set up around Ayr station because a former hotel next to it has been deemed to be unsafe.
Contractors have found crumbling in the old Station Hotel roof, which South Ayrshire Council say poses a risk.
No services are running between Ayr and Girvan and there is a reduced service between Ayr and Glasgow Central.
ScotRail has apologised to customers and detailed the changes on its website.
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Ayr: The Station Hotel in Ayr closed in 2013 but was not put up for sale until 2017. Here it is on 10 October 2017, awaiting developments (or development).
David Panton 10/10/2017


Ayr: Bits have started to fall off the neglected Station Hotel in Ayr and, as from a few days ago, the whole area is cordoned off, including the ticket office, which has become a man with a card machine at ...
Colin Miller 06/07/2018


Ayr: Looking across the platforms at Ayr station in July 2002 with a train for Glasgow Central standing alongside bay platform 1. The Station Hotel dominates the scene.
John Furnevel 12/07/2002

We've [ScotRail] been advised by South Ayrshire Council that an exclusion zone has been imposed at Ayr station, which will have an impact on our services. This is because the old hotel building next to the station has been deemed unsafe.




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