Extra train carriages being promised to Borders rugby fans heading to Scotland v England clash

Borders rugby fans travelling to Edinburgh this weekend to see the national side play England are being promised extra train carriages by ScotRail.

Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 3:07 pm
Updated Tuesday, 4th February 2020, 3:10 pm
Scotland's Stuart Hogg and England's Owen Farrell with the Guinness Six Nations trophy. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Scotland, captained by Hawick’s Stuart Hogg, take on England this Saturday at 4.45pm at the BT Murrayfield Stadium, and train bosses are making additional seats available on Borders Railway services from Tweedbank to the capital to help fans get there to see them and back home afterwards.

ScotRail is still expecting services to and from Edinburgh to be extemely busy, though, so it’s advising customers to plan ahead rather than turning up at stations in the nick of time and hoping for the best.

Supporters heading to the Guinness Six Nations game are advised to allow additional time for travel as queuing systems will be in place at the capital’s Haymarket station after the final whistle.

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Extra staff will be on duty and signs will be put up to direct travellers, and a map showing which queue to join is also available at scotrail.co.uk/sport

As with most such events, alcohol bans will be in force.

Phil Campbell, ScotRail’s head of customer operations, said: “Scotland v England in the Six Nations is one of the biggest games in the rugby calendar, and we will be doing all we can to make things run smoothly.

“Although we can’t make every train longer, we will be using every train we have on the day.

“If you’re going to Murrayfield, please allow extra time for travel, and buy your ticket in advance, not on the day.

“The last trains of the day will be very busy, so please aim for an earlier service to avoid disappointment.”