Coldplay: Travel chaos warning ahead of Hampden Park gigs

Both shows at the national stadium this week are expected to attract 100,000 fans collectively.

Coldplay: Travel chaos warning ahead of Hampden Park gigs

Crowds attending Coldplay’s Scottish concerts this week have been warned of heavy traffic and strike action.

The band is set to take on Glasgow’s Hampden Park on Tuesday, August 23 and Wednesday, August 24 as part of their Music of the Spheres world tour.

The UK band will be supported by RnB singer-songwriter H.E.R., Edinburgh star Nina Nesbitt and London Grammar during their two-day run.

Both shows are collectively expected to attract more than 100,000 fans to the stadium.

As large crowds are expected to clog roads and trains, travellers have been advised to plan ahead and leave “as quick as possible” by Scotrail and Traffic Scotland.

The national rail operator announced additional services and increased carriage volume on routes including between Glasgow Central and Mount Florida ahead of the concerts.

It will be running extra trains between Glasgow Central and Mount Florida – the closest station to Hampden Park – on both days.

Queuing systems will also be put in place at Glasgow Central before the concert and at Mount Florida station afterwards.

The train operator asked concertgoers to head back to Mount Florida “as quickly as possible” and join queues on Bolton Drive, as access to the station from Battlefield Drive will be closed.

It comes just days after workers represented by the RMT union walked out for two days of strike action in a dispute with Network Rail over pay.

Traffic is expected to be “heavier than normal” on the M74, M77, M8 and M80, with Traffic Scotland advising attendees to consier walking, cycling and public transport as alternative options.

Road closures will also be in place due to the event, with traffic unable to enter Sommerville Drive or Letherby Drive from 6pm on August 23, until 11.59pm on August 24.

Glasgow City Council said the closures were in the interest of the “safety of the event and other road users”.

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