Train services from Glasgow to a popular seaside town are set to return following a hotel blaze last year.

ScotRail has announced direct electric services between Ayr and Glasgow Central will return on Monday, June 17 - the same day as South Ayrshire Council finishes its work on the privately-owned former hotel building.

It comes after the hotel - which is known as Ayr Station Hotel - burst into flames in September last year.

The travel firm has said some services will return now following the completion of safety works at the fire-damaged building.

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Currently, Network Rail engineers are removing debris and repairing the tracks in preparation for the return of trains.

A full timetable - with the return of services between Kilmarnock, Ayr, Girvan, and Stranraer - is expected to be in operation by mid-July.

Liam Sumpter, managing director, of Network Rail, said: “Our thanks go to South Ayrshire Council for completing the critical safety work at the former Ayr Station Hotel. 

“Our teams are working hard to have the track ready and alongside our colleagues at ScotRail, we’re looking forward to welcoming passengers back to the station and on to services next week. 

“We’d like to thank passengers and the Ayr community for their patience and understanding during the station closure.” 

David Lister, ScotRail Safety, Sustainability & Asset Director, said: “The devastating fire at the former station hotel has had a significant impact on ScotRail services in the southwest of Scotland and we have worked closely and collaboratively with South Ayrshire Council, Network Rail, and other partners during this challenging period. 

“We know how much people rely on rail services, so we’re pleased that from 17 June, we’ll be able to reintroduce electric services between Ayr and Glasgow and will work with Network Rail to complete all activities required to re-establish services south of Ayr due to the extended period of closure. 

“We’re grateful to customers for their patience and understanding while we work towards the full return of services later in July.”