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Glasgow 2014 call on spectators to plan journeys as countdown continues

Spectators are being encouraged to make use of extended public transport services in place for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games ©Glasgow 2014
Organisers are calling on spectators to leave their cars at home and walk or cycle to events with more than 1,000 additional cycle parking spaces installed for the Games which spectators will find signposted at all venues.

With the exception of the Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie, there will be no car parking at or near venues, except for pre-booked wheelchair users and blue badge parking.

Dedicated spectator Park and Ride sites will be in operation, which must be booked in advance, for the Opening Ceremony at Celtic Park, Mountain Bike Trial at Cathkin Braes, athletics events and the Closing Ceremony at Hampden Park, rugby sevens at Ibrox and the triathlon competition at Strathclyde Country Park, for spectators with tickets on the day they are attending an event.

Spectators who book Park and Ride in advance will benefit from an initial reduced price of £5.00 ($8.30/€6.10) per space until the end of June 2014, while the price for Park and Ride after June will be available for £10 ($16.60/€12.20).

Official Games provider First Bus will operate designated spectator shuttle services linking principal Games venues within Glasgow city centre which will run from Buchanan Street bus station.

These shuttle services supplement the existing regular bus services that operate across the city, which ticketed spectators are also entitled to use on the day they are attending an event.

Accessible shuttle buses will also be available for those with restricted mobility from dedicated accessible rail stations.

In addition, train operator ScotRail will be responsible for delivering an enhanced Games timetable of high frequency services on key routes across the city and will also provide increased capacity on long-distance trains linking Glasgow with other parts of Scotland, while opening hours on the Glasgow Subway are also set to be extended.

"We've  seen unprecedented interest in the Games, including amazing demand for tickets from people all over Scotland, the rest of the UK and internationally," said Glasgow 2014 chief executive David Grevemberg.

"We know this means the city will be bustling with activity come Games time and transport networks will be busier than usual.

"There are lots of measures in place to assist, from shuttle buses to enhanced services with later trains.

"With less than 50 days to go, we would encourage everyone travelling to the Games to plan their travel and book ahead so they can relax and enjoy the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever seen."

A Glasgow 2014 spectator journey planner app is available to download via Traveline Scotland which contains details on public transport options, Games time shuttle bus services, Park and Ride and details of accessible transport services.


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