New train timetables published by SAYLSA

Delivering cards in Garlieston
Delivering cards in Garlieston

It was all hands to the pumps last week as the ScotRail summer timetable came into operation.

Twice a year, in May and December the rail timetables are subject to change and last Sunday saw this years summer timetable come into operation.

For the Stranraer line, there are two very minor changes, the 17.31 service from Ayr now leaves at 17.32 and the 15.07 service from Girvan is advanced to 15.03.

Slightly further afield there are now four trains per hour to Ayr with some services being extended to Edinburgh via Carstairs.

SAYLSA’s pocket timetables were once again being distributed throughout the region last week and some 200 outlets ranging from cafes, to village stores, doctor’s surgeries to railway stations stock these little cards across southwest Scotland from Kirkmichael and Maybole in Carrick to Drummore and the Isle of Whithorn in Wigtownshire.

The cards which support ScotRail’s wider marketing campaign are produced by SAYLSA with financial support from Carrick Futures, Dumfries & Galloway’s Wigtown Area Committee and SAYLSA’s own funds and have helped contribute to the 60 mile Stranraer line being Scotland’s best performing rural rail line in terms of passenger growth in 2012-13, the last full year data is publicly available.

The Stranraer to Ayr Line Support Association (SAYLSA) was formed in 2007 as a community-led rail partnership with the aim of developing services and facilities for this historic railway as well as helping to secure its long-term future. It is a charity registered in Scotland and members include Community Councils, local Councillors, rail passengers, former railway staff, people with an interest in the line and First ScotRail.

SAYLSA has two branches which meet quarterly and these are at Girvan in South Ayrshire - which has the only art deco station in Scotland - and Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway, which has the oldest working harbour station in the UK.

The organisation helped celebrate the line’s 130th anniversary in 2007 with local children from schools in Girvan and Stranraer.