1 Murrayfield by Phil Marsh

ScotRail faces a busy weekend

Published 25th August 2015

Rugby and show crowds expected

ScotRail is expected to be extremely busy with extra passengers at the end of August, partly because of rugby at Murrayfield in Edinburgh, the final weekend of the various Edinburgh Festivals and big music performances near Glasgow.

People intending to travel are advised to allow plenty of time for their journeys and are advised to buy their travel tickets in advance to save time on the day.

ScotRail is running additional trains and carriages on the line between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal for the Glasgow Summer Sessions music festival at Bellahouston Park on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th August. But trains will be busy.

A queuing system will be in place at Dumbreck station, the closest to the park. Extra staff at key stations will be there to help.

After 22.00 hours on Saturday, buses will replace trains between Glasgow Central and Paisley Canal, calling at all stations. This is to allow special trains to run between Dumbreck and Glasgow Central only, to get fans home. Other Glasgow Central trains are also expected to be busy.

As usual on a Sunday, there will be no trains on the Paisley Canal line after 18.35 hours on Sunday 30th August.

Meanwhile, 40,000 rugby fans are expected to add to the crowds for the Edinburgh Festivals, which end on Monday 31st August.

Passengers may not be able to join the first train they go for on 29/30 August and should join the queue where there is one. Queuing systems will be in place at key locations, including the stations at Glasgow Queen Street, Edinburgh Waverley and Haymarket.

Drinking alcohol or carrying alcohol on trains to Edinburgh before the rugby and from the city afterwards on Saturday 29th August will be banned.

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