Queen’s Baton Arrives in Scotland

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After 248 days on the road, covering more than 190,000 km, the Queen’s Baton arrives in Scotland on June 14 and will spend 40 days being carried across the length and breadth of the country to 400 communities by 4,000 baton bearers.

It begins in the famous border town of Coldstream, before making its way to Edinburgh. On June 20 the relay hits the SPT region in South Ayrshire. This will of course bring about some travel disruptions and delays as it travels along its pre-designated route, and you should be aware of this if you plan on commuting during the baton’s presence.

The Strathclyde route will begin in Ballantrae at 08.15am and the road will be closed until 08.50am. From there it will head to Girvan, Maybole, Alloway, Mossblown, Tarbolton, Symington, Dundonald, Troon, Prestwick and Ayr.

While none of the road closures will be for any great amount of time, diversions will be in place for Alloway, Prestwick and Ayr.

A more detailed look at the times of road closures can be found on South Ayrshire Council’s site.

From there the baton will continue on its way into East Ayrshire on Saturday, June 21, then South Lanarkshire on June 22 and North Lanarkshire on June 23.

It will continue to travel the country until the opening ceremony of the games on Wednesday, July 23. A full schedule of its route can be found on the Glasgow 2014 site, so that you can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

A key factor in the success of the 2014 Commonwealth Games is Glasgow’s robust public transport network. While it will be busier than usual, changes will be made to the operation of services to ensure the city remains on the move and disruption is kept to a minimum.

During the Games our subway services will be enhanced too, as everyone knows the best way to get around the city is underground.

However, regular travellers should consider planning ahead and being aware of events and how they might bring more people onto the network. The Get Ready Glasgow site has plenty of information on day to day travel changes and will be publishing congestion maps designed to alert commuters to busy periods.

This summer is going to be fun. And here at SPT we’re working hard to ensure everybody can enjoy it.