ScotRail is advising rugby fans travelling to this weekend’s Guinness Six Nations rugby match at Murrayfield to plan their journey in advance.
Scotland host France at the BT Murrayfield stadium on Saturday, 26 February (KO 1415).
Network Rail is carrying out essential engineering work between Dundee and Cupar on Saturday and Sunday (26 and 27 February), which mean that there are no direct trains between Edinburgh and Dundee.
Customers travelling from Aberdeen or Arbroath will travel by train to Dundee, where they will transfer to a replacement bus to Edinburgh, calling at Haymarket.
To help customers get to the match on time, ScotRail will operate an express bus from Dundee to Edinburgh, as well as a bus which will call at stations along the route. This means some stations in Fife will benefit from both a train and bus service.
Returning from the match, the same will apply, with express and intermediate buses in operation from Edinburgh to Dundee.
Due to the road closures in Edinburgh for the match, the bus pick-up and drop-off point for Haymarket station will be located on Morrison Street, between Grove Street and Morrison Link. ScotRail staff will be on hand to direct customers.
Train services to and from the capital city are expected to be extremely busy with queuing systems in place at key stations.
ScotRail is adding more seats to trains throughout the day, with extra carriages on rail services between Edinburgh and Fife, the Borders, Perth, Dunblane, Glasgow Queen Street High Level, and Glasgow Central via Shotts.
Supporters heading to the game are strongly advised to allow additional time for travel, and to head to the station soon after full time, where a queuing system will be in place at Haymarket.
ScotRail is also urging anyone travelling on Scotland’s Railway to stay safe by continuing to follow Scottish Government guidelines.
This includes maintaining good hand hygiene and the mandatory wearing of a face covering for the entirety of their journey, which includes on trains and in stations – both enclosed and open-air platforms. Customers are also asked to take a lateral flow test before travelling.
The carrying and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on ScotRail services.
Phil Campbell, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, said:
“If you’re going to match, please plan ahead and allow more time for travel as trains will be busy.
“We’re doing all we can to help supporters travel to the game as hassle-free as possible, which includes more seats on train services throughout the day.
“Customers travelling from the northeast will see longer journey times as part, or all, of your journey will include replacement bus due to essential engineering work by Network Rail, but we’ll have extra staff on hand to help make sure your journey goes smoothly.
"A queuing system will be in place at Haymarket station after the match so please head back to the station as quickly as you can, and don’t leave it until the last train of the night. Buying your return tickets to Haymarket in advance will reduce your need to queue.
"We would like to thank our customers for their understanding while this essential engineering work takes place.”
ScotRail’s top tips for travelling to Scotland matches:
- Buy your return ticket before you board. You’ll need a valid ticket for travel and checks will be in place at many stations.
- Check your train times. Remember to leave plenty of time to catch any connecting services that you need.
- Listen up! We’ll have extra staff on the ground to help things go smoothly. To help them help you, please listen to their instructions.
- Download the ScotRail app. You can use it to buy tickets, check train times, and see live service information.
- Don’t leave it too late – there will be queuing systems at key stations before and after the game. Services will be busy, and you might not be able to board your first choice of train.