ScotRail issues travel advice for upcoming major events

A number of major events are currently taking place in [1] that are expected to attract large numbers of customers and for which [2] has issued timely travel advice.

For anyone travelling by train to these events, [3]'s top tips include:

  • Buying a ticket before board a train, as a valid is required ticket for travel and many stations will have ticket checks in place;
  • Check your train times., and if you need to catch a connecting service make sure to leave time;
  • Listen to loudspeaker announcements, as extra staff are being provided to help things run smoothly, and their instructions will be to help you travel and arrive safely;
  • Download the ScotRail app., which can then be used to buy tickets, check train times, and find out live service information;
  • Leave plenty of time, as train services will be busy, and it may not be possible to get on the first train that arrives.
Largs Viking Festival [4] Viking Festival // Credit: ScotRail

Among the events this month are [5] Viking Festival which allows visitors to experience life in a 13th-century Norse-Gael village and is being held on Largs Promenade until Sunday, 10 September, and the International [6] Show – Festival of Flight on [7] Shorefront from Friday, 8 until Sunday, 10 September.

Because of the large number of visitors expected at these events. ScotRail will be running extra trains between [8] Central and Ayr next Saturday and Sunday, 9 and 10 September. However, services between [9] Central and Ayr are expected to be much busier than normal, and queuing systems will be in place at key stations along the route.

Glasgow central signals [10] signals. // Credit: The Office of Rail and Road

If possible, customers should use the mTicket system on the ScotRail app to purchase their return tickets in advance; that will reduce the need to queue.

Extra staff will be available to offer assistance to travellers, who should also note that alcohol is prohibited from being carried or consumed on ScotRail trains and in ScotRail stations.

ScotRail Class 385 ScotRail Class 385 // Credit: ScotRail

Further information about the Largs Viking Festival can be found online at[11]

For visitors to the International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight, Stagecoach West [12] and South Ayrshire Council are providing a park-and-ride shuttle bus service every 15 minutes between Burns Statute Square at Ayr station and Seafield Road.


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