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Subway gears up for the Games

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SPT’s Subway will operate an enhanced service during this summer’s Commonwealth Games, with funding from Glasgow 2014. On two ‘super’ weekends – when hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to visit Glasgow – Subway train services will run from 6am to around 1am.

This is a hugely exciting time and we are gearing up for the challenge of keeping the city moving during Games time.”

Gordon Maclennan, SPT Chief Executive

Gordon Maclennan, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport Chief Executive said:
“This is a hugely exciting time and we are gearing up for the challenge of keeping the city moving during Games time. The Subway is the quickest way to get around Glasgow and we want to make sure all passengers, old and new, have the best travel experience possible.”

Normal running times mean the Subway opens Monday to Saturday 6.30am to 11.30pm and on Sunday from 10am to 6pm. However on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July as well as Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 August the system will be running an extended service.

Mr Maclennan added:
“We have been planning and testing the logistics of welcoming many more passengers on board the Subway system and we look forward to making Glasgow the place to be during this summer of sport.

“We’ll be making sure that trains run at regular intervals and we will have extra staff on hand to help manage crowding. Although lots of people will be travelling to get to sporting events, we are also expecting many more to use the Subway to explore all the wonderful things Glasgow has to offer.”

Michael Renshaw, Glasgow 2014  Director of Transport and Logistics, said that his team is working closely with SPT, adding:
“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. We know this means the city will be bustling with activity come Games time and transport networks will be significantly busier than usual.

“I’m very pleased that we are working with SPT to ensure the Subway plays a key role in keeping people moving.  The extended opening hours on both weekends will, I’m sure, be welcomed by everyone.”

SPT’s Buchanan Bus Station will be the main departure point for a series of dedicated spectator shuttle bus services being provided by Glasgow 2014 during the Games also.

Mr Renshaw also encouraged travellers to plan their journeys in advance. He said:
“There are lots of transport measures in place to assist but with less than 50 days to go, we would encourage everyone travelling to the Games and around Glasgow to plan their travel and book ahead, where appropriate, so they can relax and enjoy the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever hosted.”

2014 Games information and Games travel advice can be found at www.glasgow2014.com/transport or www.glasgow2014.com/venues