Biggest-ever train timetable for 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, running much further into the evening than normal. 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.
Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “We are absolutely committed to providing the best possible transport experience for spectators and our customers during this exciting event. We have been planning this timetable for almost two years – working with Games organisers, local authorities and industry partners to balance the needs of spectators and customers across Scotland.
“I’m confident that we’ll make best use of every train, station and stretch of track available during what will be an extremely busy time for Scotland’s transport networks.”
Transport Minister Keith Brown said: "With just over 100 days to go until the most exciting summer Scotland will ever see, visitors and commuters alike will welcome the news we are making available as many trains and as many services as possible. This comprehensive rail plan will ensure everyone can rest in the knowledge there will be plenty of public transport options to get them to sporting and live events, even from stations a little further afield.
"In recognising the vital role rail plays in a successful Games, we have also invested around £2million to upgrade and enhance key railway stations that serve the Commonwealth Games sporting venues. This will deliver improvements for commuters and give a fresh new look for our busiest stations ahead of the Games."
Michael Renshaw, Glasgow 2014’s director of logistics and transport, said: “Glasgow 2014 welcomes these enhancements to the existing train services. Public transport, along with walking and cycling, is one of the best ways to travel during the Games. These additional services and extended hours will ensure that spectators are able to use public transport to get to and from events quickly and easily. People can start planning their journeys now using information available on the Glasgow 2014 website.
“Adding more carriages and putting on more trains will benefit everyday commuters as well. Services close to venues may be busier than usual around event times and journeys could be affected. The Get Ready Glasgow website has more information on what this may mean and what people can do to minimise disruption to their day-to-day journeys.”
David Dickson, Network Rail’s acting route managing director for Scotland, added: “We have worked closely with ScotRail and Transport Scotland to plan for this summer’s events and to make sure we keep Scotland moving smoothly during the Games.
“We are reducing the amount of non-essential engineering work we undertake over the key period so we can keep the railway open later and enable train operators to run more services for spectators and staff during the Games period.”
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.