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Ayrshire Network Changes

05 Dec 2018

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Stagecoach West Scotland recently announced proposed changes to its X16 service between Ayr and Hamilton to take place in January 2019.


Following representations from the local community in New Farm, and in particular the Kennedy Drive area Stagecoach West Scotland has agreed to delay a decision to re-route their X16 service to Glasgow Road.


As a result of this decision, the X16 service will continue to serve both New Farm and Kennedy Drive.


Fraser Smith, Commercial Director, Stagecoach West Scotland said: “We will continue to monitor passenger numbers within the New Farm area of Kilmarnock.  Currently the passenger numbers are low and we hope to see an increased use of the X16 by local residents over the coming weeks and months.  It is important that we provide services which reflect our customers travelling habits to ensure sustainable services across the entire network of services that we operate”.


All journeys for the X16 will operate via Whitletts Road and will no longer operate via Prestwick.


As per the information shared with our customers on 29th October 2018, from 06th January 2019, a number of changes will be made to the Ayrshire Network.  A number of these changes will deliver improvements for customers through improved reliability and frequency, while others will offer a service proportionate to demand.

Service 1 Ayr Town Centre to Hillfoot Road

In order to improve punctuality on Service 1 to allow more time for the service between Hillfoot Road and Ayr Town Centre, service 1 will continue from Ayr Town Centre to Hayhill turning circle with alternate journeys going via Ayr Education Campus and Craigie Way.  Service 1 will operate every 30 minutes with one journey per hour continuing to Masonhill as per the current timetable.


Service 2 Dalmilling, Hayhill, University, Town Centre & Prestwick


Service 2 will no longer serve Dalmilling or Hayhill, with Dalmilling served by service 3 and Hayhill by service 1. There will be a morning and evening bus between Dalmilling and Hayhill to Ayr Academy. The service will continue to operate every 15 minutes between Ayr, Prestwick, Asda and Hunters Avenue as per the current timetable.


Service 3 Kincaidston, Whitletts & Dalmilling


Service 3 will operate via Whitletts and Dalmiling to allow customers in Dalmilling to access Tesco on

Whitletts Road. The service will continue to operate every 12 minutes.


Service 6 Castlehill, Town Centre & Marchburn


Service 6 will no longer serve Belmont; this will be replaced by Service 7. Service 6 will continue to operate between Hunters Avenue, Asda, Prestwick and Ayr every 15 minutes.


Service 7


The current route of the service 6 in Belmont will be replaced by service 7 which will operate every 30 minutes. This is based on low passenger demand for the current service and will be reviewed in 6 month time to determine the ongoing viability of the service.


Service 14 / 14A Ayr, Troon & Irvine


Service 14 will revert to operating from Ayr to Troon and on to Irvine and will operate every 45 minutes. All journeys will operate via Barassie, Muirhead and Loans as well as via Monkton. This will mean an increased level of service in Monkton and between Troon and Irvine, as well as a service every 45 minutes via Loans.


The 14A service will be withdrawn due to this improved timetable, and the two hourly 585 diversion via Loans will no longer operate via Loans but will instead continue on the normal 585 route, due to this new 45 minute service on the 14 service.


Service X17 Ayr, Prestwick, Kilmarnock and Silverburn


Due to very low passenger numbers this service will be removed as of 6th January 2019.


Service 42 / X42 Ayr to Muirkirk


As a result of moving some journeys to our premises in Cumnock we propose to remove some early and late night placing journeys.


Service X77 Ayr & Glasgow


To meet the increased demand for the X77 service between Ayr and Glasgow additional journeys will be introduced to depart Ayr and Glasgow at key times throughout the day


Further information on Stagecoach West Scotland service changes taking place on 06th January 2019 can be found online via