SCOTRAIL has issued travel advice for football fans attending Scotland’s upcoming games at Hampden Park later this month.
The Scots team will meet Northern Ireland in a friendly on Wednesday 25 March (kick off 7.45pm), and Gibraltar in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Sunday 29 March (kick off 5pm).
Extra staff will be directing fans to join queues in Glasgow Central station on the outbound journey, and at Mount Florida and King’s Park stations on the return.
The train operator has stressed that services to and from the matches will be busy and has urged fans to help ensure their journeys run smoothly by:
– Buying tickets in advance, including through travel to Mount Florida
if coming from further afield than Glasgow Central
– Allowing extra time for travel
– Not drinking or carrying alcohol on football trains, as a ban will be
– Offering seats to those who will most appreciate them
A ScotRail spokeswoman said: “Our services will be very busy before and after both matches at Hampden, so we’d urge people to plan ahead and leave plenty of time to travel.
“We’ll have extra staff on the ground to help fans ensure their journey goes as smoothly as possible.”
A British Transport Police spokesman said: “Many ScotRail services will have alcohol restrictions in place and this is for a very good reason.
“We want everyone to arrive safely, securely and on time and without encountering alcohol-fuelled antisocial behaviour which could spoil your day, or someone else’s.”