ScotRail adds more carriages for Ayr Gold Cup Festival racegoers

Last updated: Thursday, 15 September 2022

ScotRail is helping racegoers attending this year’s Virgin Bet Ayr Gold Cup Festival by laying on extra carriages on Saturday, 17 September.

Services will be busier than normal with almost 10,000 people expected to use trains to travel to and from the Ayrshire town on the final day of the meeting.

Ayr station is approximately one hour by train from Glasgow Central and then it’s around a 10-minute walk to the race track.

To help the event run smoothly, we are adding extra carriages at key times on Saturday between Ayr and Glasgow, with some services normally formed of three or four carriages being extended to six or seven.

Customers are reminded that our ban on alcohol in stations and on trains is still in place:

  • No alcohol to be consumed at any ScotRail station or on a ScotRail train.
  • Customers cannot visibly carry alcohol, opened or unopened. Customers can carry alcohol in a bag where it can’t be seen.
  • Customers may be refused access to ScotRail services if they are unable to take care of themselves due to the effects of alcohol.

Queuing systems may be in place at Glasgow Central prior to the event and at Ayr station after the event if required.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, said:

“The Ayr Gold Cup Festival has a special place in the hearts of Scottish racegoers and ScotRail will be doing all we can to help customers get to and from the track as efficiently and comfortably as possible.

“We will be laying on extra carriages on the services that we know from experience will be busiest between Ayr and Glasgow.

“Customers are advised to plan their journeys in advance and should remember that our ban on drinking alcohol in our stations or on our trains remains in place.”