21 February 2018
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on ScotRail to provide a proper service for North East rugby fans after it was announced that extra carriages will only be made available as far as Dundee after the Calcutta Cup match against England on Saturday 24th February.
In November, after Scotland’s game against the All Blacks, fans trying to get home to Aberdeen and the North East faced chaos, because the last train north was already full to capacity by the time it reached Haymarket. Some had to pay for a taxi to get home and others were stranded overnight.
Lewis said : “After rugby fans were left stranded in Edinburgh in November, I asked ScotRail to look into the provision of extra trains and extra carriages when matches at Murrayfield were scheduled to start later in the afternoon.
“In response, I was told that ScotRail “rely on previous events” when calculating how much capacity is needed. Given that the available capacity was clearly insufficient after the New Zealand game on 18 November, it seems that ScotRail have not learned from their previous mistakes.
“Extra carriages will only be added as far as Dundee, and there will be no extra trains for the thousands of rugby fans from the North East of Scotland who want to get home after the game.
“ScotRail ScotRail must act now to avoid a repeat of last year’s travel chaos.
"The company must look again at their plans for Saturday’s match, and future events at Murrayfield, to ensure that paying customers from Aberdeen get the same service as those who live in the Central Belt.”