ScotRail has issued travel advice ahead of next week’s AIG Women’s Open at Carnoustie.
The train operator is advising customers heading to the Championship, which runs from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 August 2021, to plan ahead and ‘wear one, to protect everyone’.
More trains will stop at Carnoustie station on Thursday 19, Friday 20, and Saturday 21 August to help golf fans travel to and from the Championship smoothly. However, customers are being advised to consider their travel options on Sunday 22 August.
Ongoing industrial action impacting services on Sundays mean that no trains will run to or from Carnoustie on the final day of the Championship. Spectators are encouraged to self-drive and take advantage of the free public parking at the AIG Women’s Open.
Up to 8,000 fans per day can attend the AIG Women’s Open following support from the Scottish Government as part of its Events Gateway Process.
Despite the easement of physical distancing restrictions on Monday, 9 August, ScotRail is reminding passengers that the requirement to wear a face covering on public transport remains mandatory.
In order for passengers and railway staff alike to feel as safe as possible on trains and in stations, the train operator is urging fans travelling to and from the event to ‘wear one, to protect everyone’.
ScotRail is also continuing with its enhanced cleaning of trains and stations, which has helped keep train travel safe through the pandemic.
Customers are encouraged to purchase their tickets through the ScotRail app as part of the mTickets system. This means people can buy their tickets from the comfort of their home, or on the way to the station and it will instantly become available on their mobile device.
Phil Campbell, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, said:
“The AIG Women’s Open is one of the highlights of the golfing calendar, and we’re looking forward to playing our part in making it a success.
“We’re preparing for a good number of spectators to travel by rail now that physical distancing restrictions have eased, but customers must remember that the wearing of a face covering is still required when travelling with us.
“We’re asking customers to do the right thing and wear one, to protect everyone.
“Everyone must continue to take personal responsibility for how they travel, and if you think a train is too busy then you should wait for the next service.
“Ongoing industrial action will impact services on Sunday, so anyone travelling on the final day of the Championship should take this into consideration when making their travel plans.”