Fife train passengers warned of disruption due to The Open

The Open - preparations in hand for 2015 championships at St Andrews
The Open - preparations in hand for 2015 championships at St Andrews

Train passengers in the Fife area are being warned that they will be affected by altered services and busier trains due to The Open taking place in St Andrews.

The 144th Open golf championship begins this Sunday (July 12) and runs until Sunday, July 19.

To transport spectators to the event, ScotRail is running an altered service between July 15-19 so more trains call at Leuchars, the closest station to the event.

This will result in some trains being busier than normal.

Most Edinburgh – Perth trains will be diverted to terminate/start at Dundee, calling at Leuchars. Replacement buses will run between Ladybank and Perth on affected services.

Some Fife services to/from Glenrothes with Thornton, will also be diverted to terminate/start at Dundee, with replacements buses between Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes with Thornton.

Due to extra carriages being added, some trains will be too long for platforms at Portlethen, Carnoustie, Broughty Ferry and Springfield, and will not be able to call there.

Buses will run instead to allow connections with train services.

A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We want to give our customers a heads up about the alterations and that some trains will be busier with golf fans. Passengers are encouraged to check our website or the ScotRail app to see if their service is affected.”

Queuing systems will be in place at key stations, including Edinburgh Waverley, for spectators and extra staff will be on hand to assist customers.