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

Posted: 7th June 2016

– Extra carriages and more services for customers travelling to Troon –
– Queen Street Tunnel improvement works may cause longer journeys –

The ScotRail Alliance is advising golf fans travelling to Troon that an enhanced temporary timetable will be in place between Thursday 14 and Sunday 17 July.

This year sees Scotland hosting The Open Championship for the second year in a row – this time at Royal Troon Golf Club. In order to accommodate the thousands of spectators expected to travel to the event, ScotRail will be adding extra trains between Glasgow and Troon, as well as additional carriages. Trains will call at the station in both directions from around 7am on Thursday 14 through to Saturday 16 July, and from around 8am on Sunday 17 July. As in previous years, passengers can board a Stagecoach ‘Golflink’ bus upon arrival at Troon which will take them directly to the course. Both bus and train tickets can be purchased from staffed ScotRail stations, or by calling telesales. Whilst bus tickets can be purchased on the day, it is advisable to book these in advance as it’ll eliminate the need to queue at Troon station.

Fans should also be aware that the improvement works taking place in Glasgow Queen Street Tunnel may affect those travelling to Troon via Glasgow. Trains which normally run to the High Level station are being diverted to either the Low Level station or Glasgow Central. Customers will still be able to complete their journeys by train, but should be aware that it may take between 20-30 minutes longer than normal. Passengers should visit before travelling to make sure they’re aware of how their journey will be affected.

Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance, said: “The Open Championship is a hugely exciting event, and we’re proud to play our part in helping fans get to the course. In order to make sure our customers get to the event safely and as quickly as possible, we’re encouraging customers to check their journeys on our website and buy their train tickets in advance. Leaving plenty of time to travel is also a good idea as trains will be busy and queuing systems will be in place at key stations.We’ll have extra staff out and about to help – so please make sure to listen to their advice.”

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