Easier Routes To New Zealand

Aiming to ease supporters’ journeys to and from matches, Scottish Rugby is pleased to announce publication of a special map highlighting alternative transport options to and from Murrayfield Stadium.Aiming to ease supporters’ journeys to and from matches, Scottish Rugby is pleased to announce publication of a special map highlighting alternative transport options to and from Murrayfield Stadium.

Produced in conjunction with SEStran (South East Scotland transport partnership) – and ahead of Scotland’s near sell-out Rugby World Cup match with New Zealand on Sunday – the map shows a variety of bus routes and walking routes that can be used as an alternative to car travel to the home of Scottish Rugby.

An initiative to help supporters get in touch with each other to car share to Murrayfield has also gone live on Scottish Rugby’s web sites today.

The introduction of the map and car share initiative offers more environmentally friendly options for supporters travelling to the 67,800 capacity stadium and also aims to help reduce parking congestion in the Murrayfield area.

Supporters can access the information from today via Scottish Rugby’s main web site at www.scottishrugby.org, its Supporters’ Club web site at www.tunnelpass.org and its Rugby World Cup web site at www.scottishrugby.org then click on the ‘Saltire Sean’ micro site link.

Murrayfield Stadium Manager Mark Laidlaw is responsible for ensuring events such as Sunday’s clash with New Zealand and of course next year’s RBS 6 Nations home matches run smoothly, safely and cause minimal disruption to Murrayfield’s local residents. He commented,

“By informing our supporters of alternative options on how to reach Murrayfield on a busy match day, we hope this initiative with SEStran helps reduce congestion, especially for the benefit of our local residents and makes a positive contribution towards the environment.”

Linda Krempa from Murrayfield Community Council is involved in Scottish Rugby’s Local Residents Group and added, “Anything such as this map which can alleviate congestion for the local residents and traders by providing alternative means of transport to and from Murrayfield Stadium can only be a bonus for all of us.”

SEStran is one of seven Regional Transport Partnerships in Scotland working towards a more sustainable and efficient transport network. It covers an area of 3,180sq miles – from Fife to the Borders – and includes around 28% of the nation’s population. The Partnership’s car sharing initiative to locations such as Murrayfield can be found at www.tripsharesestran.com

Commenting on the tie-in with Scottish Rugby, Russell Imrie (SEStran Chair) said, “Traffic congestion is a growing problem in Edinburgh and across the rest of South East Scotland. SEStran is committed to improving the availability of public transport information to make it easier for people to choose alternative modes to the car. We are keen to work with any organisation to make it easier for people to access their facilities, be they offices, shops or Scotland’s national rugby stadium, by walking, cycling or public transport.”

Supporters coming to Sunday’s game should be aware of road works and some disruption to local train services.

The Forth Road Bridge is under repair and there may be delays in both directions. There are also roadworks between junctions five (Shotts) and six (Newhouse) on the M8, although no major delays are expected.

On the railways, there will be no trains running between Bathgate and Edinburgh (and vice versa) and a bus replacement will be in operation. If travelling to Murrayfield from Stirling, Dunblane and Perth, there will be a bus service to Falkirk Grahamston when you will then join the train. This will apply in reverse on the return journey, ie, train from Edinburgh to Falkirk Grahamston followed by the bus for your onward journey. Please note, that journey times will therefore be longer than usual.

There are still a small number of tickets available for Sunday’s Rugby World Cup match between Scotland and New Zealand. (kick-off 4pm). You can book online, go in person to the Ticket Centre at Murrayfield or phone them on 0131 346 5100. The Centre is open from 9am – 8pm today (Friday) and from 9am – 5pm on Saturday.

Please note there will be NO ticket sales on match day although the Ticket Centre will be open for collections ONLY from 9am on Sunday 23 September.