Fans get free ride to Glasgow Sevens

(IRB.COM) Thursday 12 April 2012
Fans get free ride to Glasgow Sevens
Scotland's captain Colin Gregor watches on against New Zealand playmaker Tomasi Cama this season

Organisers of the inaugural Emirates Airline Glasgow Sevens have unveiled details of a free shuttle bus service to help supporters to and from the event on 5-6 May.

Glasgow Life and Scottish Rugby have confirmed full details of an enhanced shuttle bus service from Glasgow City Centre and Partick Interchange to Scotstoun Stadium on both match days. The services will now be completely free for ticket holders and will operate at regular intervals throughout match weekend. Supporters who had previously paid for the bus service will receive a full refund.

The services from Buchanan Bus Station and Partick Interchange will run up to a maximum of every 3 to 4 minutes between 8am and 2pm on both days. The services will have an operational capacity of 1,330 passengers at all times during these hours. They will then operate at a maximum of every 12 to 15 minutes between 2pm and 4pm, with an operational capacity of 420 passengers at these times.

To ensure the quick departure of supporters at the end of each day, 60 double decker buses will shuttle fans to both Buchanan Bus Station and Partick Interchange. These services will operate in two cycles, with a capacity of 8,400 passengers on both days.

With around 30,000 people expected to make their way to the venue over the weekend, supporters are being urged to ease the strain on the public transport and use the 7s Priority Shuttle.

A further service will operate on the Saturday to take Glasgow Warriors fans from Scotstoun to Firhill for the match with Connacht, at a cost of £2 for the one-way journey.

Scott Hastings, Emirates Airline Glasgow 7s Ambassador, was at Scotstoun to see the first temporary stands going up.

“It’s fantastic to see the stands being built, it’s now a reality that Glasgow will play host to this incredible weekend of sevens rugby," he said.

“The atmosphere will be brilliant with the fans so close to the pitch and with  everything else going on around Scotstoun, it’s a weekend not to be missed.

“The HSBC Sevens Series is reaching its climax, it’s going to be a very exciting couple of days. At events around the world there is a festival atmosphere and it will be tremendous to have a big crowd roaring on the teams.”