SCOTRAIL say they’re assessing options to help Aberdeen fans heading to next month’s Betfred Cup semi-final against Rangers – but that the SPFL hadn’t consulted with them before making an announcement on scheduling.
The match is slated for 12pm at Hampden on Sunday October 28, 14 minutes before the first direct Aberdeen to Glasgow train of the day arrives into Queen Street station, several miles away from the National Stadium.
Rail operators say they’ve had a number of inquiries from fans planning to travel by rail about travel arrangements and the possibility of extra services.
But they said there had been no consultation from the SPFL, who are responsible for organising the Betfred Cup, about the timings of the match and the impact on the rail network.
A ScotRail spokesperson said: “The SPFL is well aware from previous events of the logistical challenges an early kick-off presents, particularly for Sunday morning services from Aberdeen.
“Our events team wasn’t consulted by the SPFL in advance of its announcement, which is disappointing. The SPFL has only now been in touch after the announcement.
“We’ll assess all options to see what, if anything, is possible in relation to additional services. But the logistical challenges this presents shouldn’t be underestimated.”
Hearts fans heading through from Edinburgh for the second game of the day, against Celtic in the evening, also face a travel headache on their return journey, especially should the game go to extra time or penalties.
The Edinburgh club and Aberdeen have both criticised the decision to hold both games on the same day at Hampden.
Jambos boss Craig Levein labelled the decision ‘absolute madness’ while his Dons counterpart Derek McInnes said it was ‘really unfair’ on fans.