ScotRail warn Celtic and Hearts fans about potential disruptions

By David Walton

May 22, 2019

ScotRail has moved to warn Scottish Cup final travelers that they could face some disruptions on Saturday.

The Scottish football showpiece isn’t the only event happening in Glasgow on May 25th. In addition to that, the Guinness PRO 14 final will take place at Celtic Park.

The Parkhead event will take place at 6:30pm. That’s a full three hours AFTER Celtic and Hearts have kicked off in Mount Florida. Supporters, however, could be travelling to Glasgow well before that 6:30 kickoff time at Parkhead. Therefore, rugby and football fans can easily be off to their venues on the same train.

Celtic Park will play host to the Guinness Pro 14 final (Andy Buchanan/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking in Glasgow Live, ScotRail Head of Customer Operations Phil Campbell said the following:

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“It’s the last big weekend of sport for a while, and it’s going to be a busy few days. To help the events run smoothly, we’ll be adding extra seats to as many trains as possible. And although we can’t make every train longer, we will be using every train we can.

“I encourage anyone traveling this weekend to allow extra time for travel, and to minimise the need to queue, buy your tickets in advance on the ScotRail app or website.”

An unfortunate clash

To be fair to ScotRail, it sounds like they’re doing all they can. Queuing systems are to be in place at Glasgow Central before the football. The same will be in place at King’s Park and Mount Florida post-match. More seats will also be added to try and increase productivity, with more staff also on hand.

Hampden Park will be mobbed (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

All supporters travelling via ScotRail have been urged to leave early to avoid any disruptions. It remains to be seen just how disruptive having both events within about 15 minutes of each other effects travelling.

There haven’t been any other warnings about traffic for those driving to Hampden. It seems that supporters have just to expect the usual Scottish Cup final traffic rush.

It’s set to be a big day of sport across the country, and it all centres around the Hoops. In the Pro 14 final at Parkhead, Glasgow Warriors are facing Leinster. But all Celtic eyes will be on Hampden and the aftermath should we win the treble treble.

It’s going to be an emotional day this Saturday. Hopefully, supporters can get to the match with minimal disruption.