ScotRail has warned that football fans travelling to Scotland’s first Nations League fixture will have to leave before the game ends to make the last train back to Glasgow Central.
The nationalised rail operator has urged those planning to make the trip to Hampden Park for Wednesday’s match between Scotland and Armenia to plan their journeys in advance and consider their travel options, as they have been forced to cut a number of services.
The match on Wednesday will kick off at 7.45pm, but the last train from the stadium’s closest station, Mount Florida, back to Glasgow Central will leave before the final whistle due to the temporary timetable currently in place.
ScotRail added that there will also be very limited journey opportunities departing from Glasgow Central and Glasgow Queen Street after the match, with no trains on most routes out of the city centre.
Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s head of customer operations, said the operator was “doing all we can to help football fans head to Hampden and cheer on the national team”.
He said: “We’re adding extra carriages to services to help customers get to the game; however, trains are expected to be very busy, so we’d encourage people to travel to the stadium early if they can.
“Customers should be aware that the last trains of the night will depart Mount Florida before the final whistle, so we urge fans to plan ahead and consider their travel options.”
Rail passengers have faced chaos in recent weeks as 700 services have been cut from the ScotRail timetable as a pay row with union members continues.
Aslef train drivers are currently refusing to work on rest days as a result of the dispute.
The union has said that talks between ScotRail and train drivers will resume on Thursday.
Aslef union members received a revised pay offer of 4.2%, but have turned it down.
ScotRail has encouraged fans attending the match on Wednesday to get to the ground as early as possible as trains would be busy, with the turnstiles at Hampden Park opening at 6pm.
The operator also urged people to buy tickets ahead of time on the ScotRail app of via the mTicket system.