Travellers are being asked to check their journey times beforehand
The ScotRail Alliance will be playing a part in welcoming The 145th Open to Troon, helping golf fans to travel to the South Ayrshire venue, with a message that the railway is very much open for business, despite planned strike action.
Golf fans are being asked to make sure they check their travel plans before setting out and to consider both legs of their journey. ScotRail has slightly altered its Ayrshire timetables to make sure as many fans as possible can get to the course.
The strike action is due to take place on Thursday 14, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July. The vast majority of rail services will run as planned however train times may differ and frequency may be reduced.
On 14 and 16 July, trains will operate between 07:00 – 19:00; and on Sunday 17 between 09:00 – 21:00 hrs.
Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said, "The Open Championship is a hugely exciting event for the people of Ayrshire and beyond, and we're proud to play our part in helping fans get to the course.
"I'd ask everyone planning on travelling by train on Championship days to keep checking our website. Make sure you're aware of your travel options for both legs of your journey and, if possible, leave extra time for your journey as trains are likely to be busier than normal."
Details of strike timetables and further travel advice will be updated at the Scotrail website.
Changes to Ayrshire timetables are available by visiting this link and selecting the 'Local Residents' tab (also below).
Glasgow – Largs/Ardrossan
Aside from the last train from Glasgow Central each evening, direct services between Glasgow – Largs/Ardrossan will be suspended, and passengers travelling on this route will need to change trains at Kilwinning.
Train times between Kilwinning and Largs/Ardrossan will be different from the normal timetable so customers should check journey options on ScotRail website before travelling.
On Sunday 17 July, trains will not call at Ardrossan Harbour or Ardrossan Town. A replacement bus will run from Kilwinning to these stations.
Glasgow – Ayr
Train times between Glasgow – Ayr will be retimed in both directions to take into account the additional passengers expected to travel to Troon. Additional services will also be added throughout the day, offering both earlier and later travel opportunities.
Glasgow – Gourock/Wemyss Bay
Services from Glasgow to Gourock will depart on the hour and 30 minutes past the hour, rather than xx25/xx55. Services towards Glasgow will not be changed.
The xx:57 service from Glasgow to Wemyss Bay will run slightly earlier between 09:00 and 15:00 each day. Services towards Glasgow will not be changed.
RMT strike action
Trains between Glasgow and Troon are unaffected by planned strike action. They will run as normal throughout the event. We planned to run six trains per hour Thursday to Saturday and 4 trains per hour on the Sunday, and we will deliver this.
Troon station car park
Troon car park will be used as a queuing area for customers during busy times and will be closed to the public from midnight on Sunday 10 July until midnight on Sunday 17 July. Alternative parking will be provided to rail customers only at North Shore Car Park, KA10 6LU. A shuttle bus will run to and from the station, from the first train service each day to the last. No overnight parking is allowed at North Shore Car Park.
All vehicles should be removed from Troon station car park before midnight on Sunday 10 July 2016.
Any vehicle parked in the car park after this time will be removed in accordance with Railway Byelaw 14(5) of the Transport Act 2000. The vehicle's owner will be solely responsible for the full cost of retrieval: £150 vehicle removal fee and £20 storage fee per day (after the first day). Contact Kerr and Smith Ayr: 01292 269 002