Con­cern over rail pro­vi­sion for fans

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen Cen­tral MSP Kevin Ste­wart has writ­ten to ScotRail ask­ing for ad­di­tional train ser­vices to the Gran­ite City to cater for fans at­tend­ing the Euro 2020 qual­i­fiers.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic have con­tacted Mr Ste­wart fol­low­ing con­cerns around the lack of trans­port pro­vi­sion af­ter the games.

All of the matches will be played at Ham­p­den Park with the vast ma­jor­ity planned to kick off at 7.45pm.

This will mean matches fin­ish af­ter the last train to Aberdeen has de­parted.

Mr Ste­wart said: “I’ve asked ScotRail to look at what can be done to help folk from Aberdeen, and the north-east, travel to these im­por­tant fix­tures.

“This has be­come a real is­sue given the lack of games be­ing played on a Satur­day af­ter­noon.

“We’re in a sit­u­a­tion where fans would have to leave Ham­p­den shortly af­ter half-time in or­der to catch the 21:40 ser­vice from Glas­gow Queen Street to Aberdeen. Fans will ei­ther have to travel by bus, car or stay down in Glas­gow overnight.”

A ScotRail spokesman said: “We will an­nounce our plans for each of the Euro 2020 qual­i­fy­ing fix­tures closer to the time.”

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