"Not going to lie"; Scotrail's grim update on travel route well used by Celtic supporters
Scotrail have given a rather frank update on a train route that runs right by Celtic Park.
The Argyle Line is a popular match-day travel method for Celtic supporters. The station at Dalmarnock is constantly heaving on match-days, given its close proximity to Paradise.
However, it’s going to be out of action for 8 weeks, from the 13th of March. The line will be closed between Rutherglen and the Exhibition Centre; Dalmarnock is the first stop after Rutherglen, as this map shows [Scotrail].
It’s going to be “bumpy”, according to the rail network provider, who tweeted the following:
The improvement works, costed at £32m, will cause some serious disruption for Celtic supporters. Scotrail have pointed out that alternatives will be available, stating [Scotrail]:
“A rail replacement service [from Dalmarnock] will operate every half hour Monday to Sunday, in each direction. These services will pick up/drop off from Dalmarnock Road Bus Stop.
“Rail replacement should be used if travelling to Exhibition Centre, Bridgeton, Rutherglen or Cambuslang.
“If travelling towards Helensburgh, Balloch, Dalmuir and Milngavie, take rail replacement to Partick and then connect with rail services.”
The timing – for Celtic supporters at least – is far from ideal. With the Hoops chasing down the title, Celtic Park is likely to see a number of sell-out matches between now and the summer. An already congested London Road normally heaves with traffic on match-days regardless.
When Celtic play, there’s clearly going to be a strain on bus services. However, with fans taking alternate routes to Paradise, it may mean some more passing trade in the various Celtic pubs along the Gallowgate.
By the Hearts, the Hibs or by Scotrail, Celtic supporters shall not be moved
The best advice here? Get to the Celtic game as early as you can.
For anyone who’s negotiated their way to Celtic Park on match-days, you know the score. The roads are full, the streets are lined with thousands of supporters, and without Dalmarnock Station, there’ll be real problems.
Of course, the world doesn’t revolve around Celtic supporters – or so we’re told. But you could reasonably argue these improvements could’ve been made during lockdown, or can be done in the summer.
That said, who amongst us can claim to be a big decision maker for Scotrail? Not I.
This doesn’t change anything for the fleet of supporters buses, or those who just walk to Parkhead. But without a subway nearby, Celtic are somewhat geographically disadvantaged in some ways when it comes to public transport. Imagine how great a subway stop near to Celtic Park would be.
For the meantime, though, it’ll be a bit of a struggle.