ScotRail Joins Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Sponsor Family

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ScotRail, operator of 95% of Scotlands railway, has become the latest addition to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Sponsor Family.

The train operator will deliver an enhanced Games timetable of high frequency services on key routes across the city, delivering spectators to major venues and associated events.

ScotRail will also provide increased capacity on long-distance trains linking Glasgow with other parts of Scotland.

Transport on ScotRail services within designated Glasgow city boundaries will be included in the price of the Games ticket for Glasgow 2014 spectators.

The full timetable is expected to be announced this spring, with the train operator expecting to deliver more than one million passenger journeys over the 11 days of the Games.

Glasgow 2014s Chief Executive, David Grevemberg, said, We warmly welcome ScotRail to the Glasgow 2014 Sponsor Family. This summers Commonwealth Games will see over 6,500 athletes and officials come to Glasgow for 11 days of fantastic competition that will put Glasgow and Scotland on the world stage. The city will be bustling with activity and with ScotRails additional services supporting Games spectators, and their highly trained staff greeting hundreds of thousands of new visitors to the city, Im sure that we will deliver an outstanding Games experience that everyone can enjoy.

More than 3,000 ScotRail staff are already undergoing specialist World Host customer service training ahead of the Games to guarantee a world-class welcome to those visiting both Glasgow, and Scotland this summer.

Tim OToole, chief executive of FirstGroup, which runs ScotRail, said, We are proud of our Scottish heritage and the important role we play connecting people and communities up and down Scotland, every day. The Commonwealth Games, falling in the Year of Homecoming, provides an important opportunity for Scotland to promote itself around the world, and we look forward to playing our part, moving people around Glasgow and Scotland as quickly and efficiently as we can.

The company will also become an Official Supporter of Team Scotland at the largest multi-sport event Scotland has ever seen.

Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving 70 teams of athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and takes place every four years.

Glasgow 2014 will be the XX Commonwealth Games and will be held from 23 July to 3 August. It will feature 17 sports in 11 days of competition with 261 medal events on show.

The Games will play host to 4,500 athletes and is expected to sell around 1,000,000 tickets with the event aided by an army of 15,000 volunteers.

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