ScotRail saddles up for Ayr Gold Cup

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ScotRail is adding more seats to services this weekend as horse racing fans flock to the Ayrshire coast to see the latest renewal of Scotland’s most famous flat race.

The William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival runs from Thursday 19 until Saturday, 21 September, with the big race itself on Saturday.

To help the event run smoothly, ScotRail is adding extra carriages to key services in Ayrshire and Inverclyde on Friday 20 and Saturday, 21 September, including between Ayr and Glasgow Central, Ayr and Girvan, Girvan and Kilmarnock and Glasgow Central and Kilmarnock.

Punters and locals alike are advised that trains to and from Ayr will be busier than normal over all three days of the festival, and those planning to attend are encouraged to leave extra time for travel.

A queueing system will be in place at Glasgow Central before the event and at Ayr when the racing ends.

ScotRail will have extra staff on hand to help customers and as with most large sporting events, alcohol bans will be in place.

ScotRail Head of Customer Operations Phil Campbell said: “The Ayr Gold Cup is a massive day in the Scottish sporting calendar, and we’re really looking forward to, once again, playing our part in making the festival a success.

“We will be adding more seats to services to make things a bit easier for race-goers travelling to and from Ayr.

“But trains will be busier than usual, so we encourage people to plan their journey in advance and make sure they have their ticket to Ayr before boarding.”