ScotRail has issued travel advice ahead of Scotland’s international at Hampden Park on Thursday, 24th March with a 7.45 pm kick-off.
The game against Poland is a friendly international that was arranged following the postponement of Scotland’s World Cup qualifying match against Ukraine.
There will be disruption to customers travelling to and from the city centre on services that would normally operate via Glasgow Central Low Level because of major improvement works between Rutherglen and Exhibition Centre.
Many services will be diverted to Glasgow Central High Level or Glasgow Queen Street Low Level, resulting in slightly longer journey times.
A replacement bus service will operate from Carmyle, Newton, Cambuslang, Rutherglen, Dalmarnock, Bridgeton, Glasgow Central, Exhibition Centre, and Partick, although space on these services is limited.
Extra capacity is being provided by First Glasgow on their bus services between the city centre, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, and Rutherglen.
The closest station to Hampden Park is Mount Florida. Extra services and more seats on trains are being provided to that station, but trains from Glasgow Central to Mount Florida and Kings Park before the match will be much busier than normal.
Supporters travelling to the game should allow additional time for travel as services will be busy and a queuing system will be in place at Glasgow Central before the match.
After the match, a queuing system will be in place at Mount Florida, and customers should be aware that onward connections are not guaranteed.
To avoid additional queuing on the day, fans should buy their return tickets to Mount Florida in advance through the ScotRail app as part of the mTickets system, which allows tickets to be bought in advance and be instantly available on their mobile device.
Phil Campbell, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations, said:
“If you’re going to the 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 to and from Mount Florida.
“Customers who use services through Glasgow Central Low Level may see longer journey times due to major engineering work by Network Rail so we’re asking customers to plan ahead.
“A queuing system will be in place before and after the match so please head back to the station as quickly as you can, and make sure you know your train times if you have an onward connection to make. Buying your return tickets in advance through our mTicket system will reduce your need to queue.
“We would like to thank our customers for their understanding while this major improvement work takes place.”