With only two days to go until the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games get under way, research indicates up to half the one million ticket holders still need to finalise or make plans for travel to their events.
A survey conducted on behalf of Glasgow 2014 identified that many people have yet to consider the additional time or alternative routes needed to access venues, due to road restrictions and security arrangements being in place.
Glasgow 2014 is encouraged that around 50% of people confirmed they have planned their journeys but spectators are being urged to look now at the options available to ensure they have a positive experience travelling to and from their events.
Planning ahead will be also be key to keeping the city moving during the Games and helping those who live and work in Glasgow get around.
Michael Renshaw, Director of Transport and Logistics at Glasgow 2014, said:
“Many of the spectators know the city well but it’s important to remember venues and much of the transport network will operate differently from what people are familiar with.
“All venues have very different travel options and there is no general parking available. Spectators can help make their journeys as easy and stress free as possible by planning ahead and visiting the Glasgow 2014 website to view and use all the available travel resources to prepare and plan for a great day out.
“Glasgow 2014 is a walking, cycling and public transport Games. Many of the venues are within walking distance of the city centre and there are a number of venues where walking times may be slightly longer but going on foot may still be the quickest and most relaxing way to get around, plus it means avoiding crowds and inevitable queues at stations and other transport hubs particularly after the end of events.
“Cycling will also be one of the quickest ways to get about the city and there are new Glasgow City Council bikes available for hire at 31 locations across the city including six Commonwealth venues. Glasgow 2014 has also provided more than 1000 bike parking spaces across all venues.
“We have been working with our partners including Transport Scotland and Glasgow City Council for a long time now to make transport run as smoothly as possible and to provide travel advice to and from all venues and information.”
Spectators are able to access public transport within the Games Zone travel area, which takes in City of Glasgow, Clydebank, Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Burnside, Clarkston and Giffnock by using their Games ticket to get to and from their event.
There are also arrangements in place for venues outside Glasgow to access public transport within those local areas and details can be found on the Glasgow 2014 website.
In addition to local public transport, Glasgow 2014 is providing dedicated spectator shuttle bus services for some of the larger events or the venues that are less accessible by public transport, including Hampden, Ibrox, Cathkin Braes, Celtic Park and Strathclyde Country Park.
These services, which are available for ticket holders only, will operate on a ‘fill and go’ basis with buses leaving up to every two minutes.
A Park and Ride service is also available for the larger events for those intending to drive. Priced at £5 per vehicle and with shuttle buses to take spectators to and from their events it represents great value, particularly for those travelling in a group.
The Park and Ride service must be booked in advance, and with only two days to go until the first event, time is running out to secure a space so organisers are urging spectators to book now. The service is available for the Opening and Closing Ceremony and events at Hampden, Ibrox, Cathkin Braes and Strathclyde Country Park.