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Biggest ever train timetable for Glasgow 2014

08/04/2014
Glasgow 2014
ScotRail today announced it is planning the biggest train timetable that Scotland has ever seen for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow this summer.

Extra carriages and more frequent services will be provided until late at night – after 1am on some routes – to help journeys run as smoothly as possible for spectators as well as regular customers.

ScotRail has been preparing the timetable with Glasgow 2014 and industry partners for more than two years – with more than a million extra journeys expected on its trains during the 11 days of sport. 

While the full timetable will be announced in late April, the train operator can today reveal that it will provide:

In the Glasgow area

  • Double the number of carriages on the Glasgow Central High Level - Mount Florida route on the nine days that events take place at Hampden Park
  • More than double the number of carriages between Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Carntyne, Partick and Scotstounhill – key stations for lawn bowls, rugby sevens, swimming, squash and table tennis
  • Eight trains an hour linking Glasgow Central Low Level with Bridgeton, Dalmarnock and Exhibition Centre – key stations for those attending badminton, boxing, track cycling, gymnastics, judo, netball, wrestling and weightlifting. As most trains will have six carriages – the maximum allowed on the route – this will deliver 86% more capacity to these stations

There will also be extra carriages on the following ‘through-Glasgow’ routes: 

  • Edinburgh – Milngavie/Helensburgh
  • Glasgow – Cathcart Circle/Neilston/Newton
  • Dalmuir/Milngavie – Larkhall/Motherwell/Lanark

Rest of Scotland services

ScotRail will use longer trains on many long-distance routes linking Glasgow with other parts of Scotland.

A quarter-hourly service will run on the flagship Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High route for almost the entire day, rather than just at peak times. And more than three-quarters of these trains will have six carriages.

Late night trains

ScotRail will run services later into the night than ever before, including some after 1am, to give fans the best opportunity to enjoy the Games, while still allowing enough time for vital overnight maintenance work on trains and infrastructure.

Trains will leave Glasgow later than normal each night of the Games to locations including Airdrie, Ardrossan, Ayr, Balloch, Barrhead, Cumbernauld, Dalmuir, Dumbarton, Dunblane, East Kilbride, Edinburgh, Falkirk, Gourock, Hamilton, Helensburgh, Kilmarnock, Lanark, Largs, Larkhall, Milngavie, Motherwell, Neilston, Newton, Paisley, Perth, Stirling and Wemyss Bay.

The timetable will be introduced on 21 July, two days ahead of the opening ceremony, so people can adjust to the changes ahead of the busiest periods. It will remain in place for a fortnight, until the closing ceremony on 3 August.

Transport within designated Glasgow city boundaries, to and from venues, on ScotRail services will be free for Clyde-sider volunteers and is included in the price of the Games ticket for Glasgow 2014 spectators.

Information for spectators on getting to the Games is available on the Glasgow2014 website, www.glasgow2014.com/transport. People who will be travelling in Glasgow throughout the Commonwealth Games, but who are not attending the Games, can find information on how their journey may be affected on the Get Ready Glasgow website, www.glasgow.gov.uk/glasgow2014.

Full details of the national Games timetable, including individual train times, will be available in late April 2014, along with details of the areas covered by free travel.