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ScotRail Alliance prepares to take golf fans to The 145th Open at Royal Troon

Posted: 7th July 2016

Railway is open for business 

Extra carriages and more services between Glasgow and Troon 

The ScotRail Alliance is reminding golf fans travelling to Troon that the railway is very much open for business – despite planned strike action.

Trains between Glasgow and Troon are unaffected; indeed an enhanced timetable with more carriages will be in operation on Championship days.  Trains will call at Troon station from around 7am on Thursday 14 to Saturday 16 July, and from around 8am on Sunday 17 July.

Customers are being asked to make sure they check their travel plans before setting out and to consider both legs of their journey.

Reduced services

Strikes are due to take place on Sunday 10, Monday 11, Thursday 14, Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July.

The vast majority of rail routes will have a train service on strike days. However, some trains to Glasgow from other parts of Scotland will have a reduced service and different departure times. (see notes to editors)

On routes with a reduced service, trains will operate between 07:00 – 19:00 on Thursday 14 and Saturday 16 July, and between 09:00 – 21:00 on Sunday 17 July.
Fans should also be aware that improvement works taking place in Glasgow Queen Street Tunnel may result in longer than normal journey times to reach Glasgow due to diversions.

Bus Connections at Troon
As in previous years, passengers can board a Stagecoach ‘Golflink’ bus upon arrival at Troon which will take them directly to the course. Train and bus tickets can be purchased from staffed ScotRail stations, or by calling ScotRail telesales. ScotRail is encouraging customers to purchase bus tickets in advance to eliminate the need to queue at Troon station.

Phil Verster, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “The Open is a hugely exciting event for the people of Scotland, and we’re proud to play our part in helping fans get to the course.

“I’d ask everyone planning on travelling by train on Championship days to keep checking our website as this will include a bespoke timetable for those heading to The Open. Please make sure you’re aware of your travel options for both legs of your journey and, if possible, leave extra time for your journey as trains are likely to be busier than normal.

“We’ll have extra staff out and about to help you make the most of your day.”

For more information, please visit www.scotrail.co.uk/theopen

 

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