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Scottish Football supporters set for further travel chaos

Thousands of football supporters are set to face travel disruption this weekend due to further Scotrail strikes taking place.

Following the conclusion of last week’s international break, football supporters across the country are preparing to return to domestic grounds.

However, for those heading to Celtic Park this weekend to take in the match between the Hoops and Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership, their travel to the fixture could be disrupted.

Around 40,000 members of the RMT Union have announced that those currently working at Network Rail will take part in 24-hour strike action on Saturday 1st of October.

Scotrail has confirmed they will be running a timetable of limited services. However, none of those trains will be stopping at Dalmarnock station, which is well known as the destination supporters heading to the East End of Glasgow take to get to Parkhead.

In a statement released by the rail company, they warned customers travelling to take this form of public transport to expect ‘significant disruption’.

“ScotRail is warning customers to expect significant disruption during the latest round of strike action by RMT members of Network Rail.

“The RMT union announced its members at Network Rail will take part in 24-hour strike action on Saturday, 1 October and Saturday, 8 October, across the Great Britain railway network resulting from a pay dispute with the track and infrastructure operator. For ScotRail customers, this means a very limited number of services will operate on a limited number of routes.” 

Scotrail Service Delivery Director David Simpson also said: “It’s really disappointing to see more widespread disruption across the whole Great Britain rail network at a time when we need to be encouraging more people back to the railway.

“For ScotRail, it’s going to mean that we won’t be able to operate the vast majority of our services, which we know will be really frustrating for our customers. ”

“We’re advising customers to seek alternative means of transport and to only travel if they really need to on the day of strike action.”

Luckily for Celtic season ticket holder Sudais Razaq, he isn’t affected by these travel restrictions. However, he does know of fellow supporters who sit close by that will.

“Personally, I don’t think the train strikes will affect me because I just drive up and I park my car at Dalmarnock Tesco. But I know people that sit around me that will be having to change their plans.

“They’ll be trying to get onto supporters buses or will just have to get a bus, or find another mode of transport, and has caused them some disruption.”

However, for Motherwell supporter, Greg Dobinson, who isn’t used to making the journey to Celtic Park and has been forced to change up his plans ahead of the Fir Park sides visit to Glasgow

“Obviously, I don’t travel to Celtic Park all that often, but when I did for away games, it was easiest for me to jump on the train where I’m from.

“Thankfully, on this occasion, I’ve been able to jump on one of the supporter’s buses. Without that, I wouldn’t really have been sure the best way to get to the ground, other than maybe a taxi from Glasgow Town Centre.”

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