Glasgow nightclub boss warns ScotRail schedule could impact gig-goers

A Glasgow nightclub boss has raised concerns about the impact of Scotrail’s reduced hours on attendance at music events in the city.

The new timetable came into effect this week with more than 700 services cut and some last trains leaving before 8 p.m. due to ongoing wage disputes.

With a summer season busy with big names visiting the city, industry professional Donald MacLeod fears concertgoers will have no way of getting home unless the driver shortage is resolved.

Pictured: Industry boss Donald MacLeod spoke out

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He said the scottish sun“The Scottish Government really needs to pull their fingers back because it’s just a mess at the moment.

“This Saturday, for example, you have Alice Cooper and The Cult at The Hydro – very high prices – but they don’t finish until 10:30 or 10:45 p.m.

“And how long does it normally take to get from the Hydro to the stations?”

“On Monday we have a show at the Barrowlands with Meshuggah and the same evening you have My Chemical Romance at The Hydro, how are people supposed to go home?

“It’s going to cause huge problems, especially in Glasgow where you already have a shortage of taxis.”

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Over 700 services have been cutPictured: More than 700 services have been cut

Mr Macleod’s comments come after two turbulent years for the nightlife industry that have left many businesses struggling to recover.

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Glasgow Times: Pictured: There are fears the timing could impact Glasgow concert attendancePictured: The timing is feared to have an impact on concert attendance in Glasgow

He said: “We were the first to close and the last to open when the pandemic hit and now we are bearing the brunt of it again.

“A general feeling of negativity could mean that people are just not going out.

“Places like the Garage and the Cathouse have a 10 p.m. curfew, but that’s a pretty tight deadline.

“In some cases we may open the doors earlier, but by then people have already made up their minds.

“God forbid the last train from Glasgow is cancelled.”

“Then you have a whole host of events coming up this summer including massive shows at Hampden Park and of course TRNSMT.

“There are time limits set for these bands to play and be under contract and the license itself is granted on that. How do you accommodate this? »

Speaking about the reduced timetable yesterday, ScotRail Service Manager David Simpson said: “We are keen to resolve the dispute as soon as possible and the timetable will run for as long as necessary in order to provide a more reliable service.

“The schedule will be reviewed and any improvements or returns to normal will be communicated via the ScotRail website, mobile app and social media channels.”

Richard Dement

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