Travellers reminded to plan Hogmanay journeys in advance

From: Transport Scotland

29 December 2010

Travellers reminded to plan Hogmanay journeys in advance

Scotland is preparing for its traditional Hogmanay party – and is very much open for business and ready to celebrate in style.

With milder weather being seen across much of Scotland, road transport networks are currently fully open, however travellers are being reminded to plan their journeys in advance and note the usual changes to services over the festive period.

To accommodate Hogmanay celebrations ScotRail will also be introducing later services on New Year’s Eve and many local bus operators are offering additional services until the early hours of January 1st.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said
“This Hogmanay we will continue Scotland’s tradition of being on the first foot for celebrations. As the recent severe weather thaws, we are working hard to ensure Scotland is prepared for the New Year.

“Revellers will welcome this forecast milder weather in time for the traditional outdoor celebrations, and there is more good news with operators providing additional services to get people where they want to be on the night.

“However, with the changes to services we would ask everyone to be vigilant and ensure a safe and happy end to the festivities, planning both their outward and homebound journeys prior to heading out on Hogmanay.

“Travellers should check regular travel and weather updates, visit public transport websites for up-to-the-minute service information and for drivers, listen to police advice and check the Traffic Scotland website or call their helpline on 0800 028 1414.”

Additional services from ScotRail are
- Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Queen Street services at 21.30 and 22.00 in each direction (departing Glasgow Queen Street low level station)
- Aberdeen-Inverurie services at 21.30 and 2250 and Inverurie-Aberdeen services at 2205 - and 2316.

Many bus operators are operating Hogmanay night buses, for example Lothian buses are operating free services throughout the early hours of January 1st. Please check with your local bus operator’s website for details.

However people are asked to note that many rail and bus services will follow Hogmanay tradition with an early finish and that some services will operate standard bank holiday times until 5th January.

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For information please call Transport Scotland Communications on 0141 272 7212.