‘ I cannot take any more of station chaos’
Commuter’s plea to politicians
A desperate commuter who moved to Ayr for its easy commute to Glasgow says he has been “broken” by the Ayr Station chaos.
And Mark Barnard has written to his MSP, MP, and all councillors in Ayrshire West to keep up pressure to get a proper solution.
The 41- year- old said removing the free car park at the station was the “final turn of the thumbscrew” on his ability to manage his life in Ayr.
Mark revealed the only spaces remaining are taken by 6.30am and that rail staff say portable huts are about to take their place.
He chose to share his letter to the politicians with the Ayrshire Post to show the impact the fiasco is having on people.
It reads: “I am a successful professional, living in Ayr and working in Glasgow. We chose to live in Ayr for the quality of life it offers my children, and because of the location of my wife’s job.
“My decision to live in Ayr was based on it being commutable to Glasgow. As I need to work on the train, and be back in Ayr to pick up my children by 5.30pm, the train service ( timing, frequency, availability and cost of car parking), was critical to my decision to move here, and my ability to continue living here.
“As we live at the end of the line, our rail tickets are the most expensive. If free car parking is removed, I add a minimum of £ 5 a day to my outgoings; another £ 100 a month.
“I cannot afford this; it makes living in Ayr and commuting financially brutal. I have 15 minutes to get from the station to my childcare provider in Alloway, which shuts at 5.30pm. I do not have time to walk to another car park - even if one existed that I could afford.
“Everything, when you have a family and responsibilities, is tight. Any changes have a massive impact to routine and the manageability of life.
“As a result of the trains that I need to catch home - terminating in Prestwick now - ( which are only about a third full, so WHY they can’t be four carriages and go into Ayr, God only knows) I have had to negotiate with my employer to leave work in Glasgow at 3.45 pm.
“The reason for this early departure is Scotrail’s decision to terminate the trains I need to catch in Prestwick. The additional time it takes to get a bus from Prestwick to Ayr, and then to drive to Alloway has made my previous arrangement ( catch the 4.30pm train from Glasgow) impossible.
“I cannot take any more and I am sure I am not the only one. I am so angry, and yet feel so utterly powerless against the monumental and unforgiveable lack of thought for us victims of this shambles.
“Why has nobody communicated about the removal of the station car park and free parking?
“Why has nobody thought of the impact this has on people living here and why has a contingency not been agreed?
“I ask you, my elected members, to work together to get a solution, something, anything that shows somebody understands the profound and ever increasing impact that this is having on our lives.
“We need to know timescales, alternative free parking and need to know future plans.”
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