ScotRail has announced it is providing 11,000 extra seats to help fans travel to and from Madonna’s concert at Murrayfield. More than 50 trains - including services linking Dunblane, Dundee, Fife, and Glasgow with Edinburgh - will have additional carriages for the Queen of Pop’s first-ever concert in Scotland.
ScotRail urged customers to return promptly after the concert to Haymarket Terrace, where ScotRail staff will guide them to queuing systems for next available trains.
The train operator also advised that no alcohol will be allowed on its services after 9pm, with the only exception overnight Caledonian Sleeper trains, often dubbed a ‘hotel on wheels’.
Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said: “We look forward to welcoming thousands of music fans on board for the concert.”
He added: “We want everyone to have a great evening out, and our plans ensure that we can accommodate as many customers as possible in a safe and pleasant environment.”
Chief Superintendent Ellie Bird, area commander for the Scotland area of British Transport Police, said: “Concert-goers should be aware that enhanced alcohol restrictions, announced by ScotRail recently, will be in place after the event finishes.”
She added: “Our officers will be working with the rail industry to make sure people get to and from the concert safely. Please enjoy yourself, but it is important that you remember to behave appropriately, respect the rail staff working on the night and other passengers who may not be attending the gig.”
Last trains depart from Haymarket to Glasgow Central (via Shotts) at 23.00, Dundee (all stations via Kirkcaldy) at 23.13, Glenrothes (all stations via Dunfermline) at 23.23, Glasgow Queen St at 23.34, Dunblane (change at Stirling for Perth) at 23.37, Garscadden (via Bathgate & Airdrie) at 23.42, and Bathgate at 23.55.
The last train to North Berwick leaves Edinburgh Waverley at 23.07.
ScotRail stressed that services to and from Haymarket will be busier than usual before and after the concert.