Warning that rail may not provide a route to the big final

THE SCOTRAIL ALLIANCE are reminding people that there will be no trains operating on the line between Keith and Inverness between May 27 and 29.

That is to allow work to continue around Elgin and Forres stations – but it is also the weekend when Celtic and Aberdeen fans in Moray will be looking to travel to the Scottish Cup Final.

A spokesperson for the national rail carrier said that as a result trains will be considerably busier than usual, and while there will be extra services running to and from Hampden and additional carriages added to trains throughout Glasgow, Ayrshire and Inverclyde, passengers from Moray and the North East face additional issues.

The spokesperson said: “Dons fans are reminded that trains between the north east and Glasgow will be extremely busy, and that travel is not guaranteed without a seat reservation.

“To help everyone get to the game, ScotRail has added additional carriages to eight of the busiest services on the day. Those wishing to avoid the crowds may want to travel on the 0526 and 0634 departures from Aberdeen, although these are also expected to be much busier than usual.

“Supporters using stations west of Keith should be aware that buses replace trains between Inverness and Keith from 27 to 29 May, and double-check journey times now.”

With no trains westwards from Keith, Moray-based fans are advised to plan their journeys from Keith to Aberdeen and then to Glasgow.

The ScotRail Alliance spokesperson added: “Don’t score an own goal, leave plenty of time to get to the game. Extra staff will be around to help – please follow their instructions to ensure that everything goes smoothly.”

“The last trains of the night are going to be very busy, too – so please plan to catch an earlier one.”