Council Chief Executive, Eileen Howat, has tonight (27 August) issued an update on works underway to address public safety issues at the former Station Hotel in Ayr.
Eileen said: "We're working closely with Network Rail and ScotRail as we progress the public safety works to address the dangers presented by the former Station Hotel building in Ayr.
"Unfortunately, we're having to take urgent action to extend the exclusion zone in place at the station after contractors identified crumbling and exposed roof areas that present a significant and immediate danger to people and places around the station.
"This is not action that anyone is taking lightly, but is wholly designed to keep people safe, and not put them at risk as a result of the failure of the private owner of the building to address the safety concerns we have highlighted time and time again.
"Network Rail and ScotRail have been fully involved in the discussions about this and – as a result – a reduced service will be operating between Glasgow Central and Ayr, supported by rail replacement buses.
"Our priority right now is to continue to work with Network Rail and ScotRail to keep their passengers, staff and the public safe, before continuing discussions regarding the next steps that need to be taken to address the dangers of the Station Hotel building."
Full details of the changes to rail services can be found at www.scotrail.co.uk/plan-your-journey/stations-and-facilities/ayr and by following @ScotRail on Twitter.