Celtic fans caught up in travel chaos as HUNDREDS left queued around block after Hoops thump Hearts 3-0 in Betfred Cup semi-final
CELTIC fans face travel chaos following their Betfred Cup semi-final showdown with Hearts.
Hundreds of Hoops fans were left queuing round the block this morning due to a severe spike in demand for trains from Glasgow to Edinburgh.
Hoops fans queued outside Glasgow Queen Street
And now supporters are claiming staff at Haymarket Station have been “forcing people” onto trains “when there was no room”.
Around 30,000 Celts supporters made the trip to the capital for the clash, with many relying on ScotRail services.
But supporters travelling from Glasgow Queen Street were delayed ahead of the 1.30pm kick-off at Murrayfield.
The huge demand also affected other services to Edinburgh, with some reports saying fans were left stranded as packed trains refuse to stop at some stations.
Scotrail services are under huge demand from footie fansPA:Press Association
Fans waiting to board at Motherwell were left “stranded” after Cross Country services refused to stop at some stations and were advised to make their way back to Glasgow.
One fan said on Twitter: “800 fans stranded in Motherwell the train is refusing to stop! No way of getting to game.”
Another fan said: “Shambles, got to Motherwell from Cambusland only to be told Haymarket train wouldn’t be stopping. Currently on the train back to Glasgow.”
Marc Pollock added: “Trains full and knocking people back. Roads blocked. Buses on some train routes. This great idea of sending 30,000+ Celtic fans to Edinburgh is looking good.”
Services are expected to continue to be busy – as footie fans return from Edinburgh and others head to Hampden for the Rangers and Aberdeen clash.
ScotRail issued a warning to fans ahead of today’s semi-final clashes.
They advised punters to plan ahead and told how extra carriages would operate to help with the extra demand on services.
Punters heading to Kevin Bridges at the Hydro tonight should also expect delays and should plan ahead of their journey.
A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We have extra trains and additional services in place throughout the day to help supporters travel to both semi-finals, but given the numbers involved services are very busy.
“We are doing everything we can to get our customers where they need to be.”
ScotRail have been contacted for comment.
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SPFL bosses had originally scheduled the game for a 7.45pm kick-off at Hampden – the same day Aberdeen faced Rangers in the other semi-final at the national stadium.
But they were forced into rearranging the game after Police Scotland expressed concerns for public safety.
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