Football fans encouraged to stay safe and follow guidelines

Last updated: Thursday, 16 December 2021

ScotRail has issued travel advice for fans travelling by train to the Premier Sports Cup final this weekend.

Celtic and Hibernian are set to battle it out for the first piece of silverware of the season at Hampden Park on Sunday, 19 December, with the match kicking off at 3pm.

ScotRail is urging fans travelling to the match to stay safe and follow current coronavirus guidelines. Supporters are being reminded that the wearing of a face covering is mandatory through all parts of the journey on the railway. This includes on trains and in stations - enclosed and open-air platforms.

The carrying and consumption of alcohol is also prohibited on Scotland’s Railway.

More carriages will be in use across the central belt to help take fans to the match; however, it is expected that services will be busier than normal with Christmas shoppers and football supporters travelling across the network.

A recent increase of COVID-related absences amongst ScotRail staff is having an impact on train services, so customers should check their journeys before they turn up at a station to travel.

ScotRail’s social media channels, especially Twitter, will also be giving out up to date information.

Queuing systems will be used at Glasgow Central before the game, and at Mount Florida after the final whistle.

To reduce the need to queue, customers should buy their return tickets to Mount Florida in advance via the ScotRail app or website.

Fans should also listen to the advice of ScotRail staff and BTP officers to ensure their day runs smoothly.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, said:

“We’ll be doing everything we can to help football fans travel to the Premier Sports Cup final this weekend, including adding extra carriages to trains across the network.

“However, coronavirus continues to have an impact on rail services, so customers should plan ahead and continue to check the train times right up until they arrive at the station.

“We urge anyone travelling this weekend to stay safe and continue to follow government guidance. This includes maintaining good hand hygiene and wearing a face covering for your entire journey.”