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[July 26, 2014]
Travellers tune in to keep city on the move [Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland)]
(Evening Times (Glasgow, Scotland) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) AN ONLINE Games Travel Radio station has been launched to keep Glasgow on the move.
Regular bulletins and up to three live broadcasts an hour will give traffic and public transport updates to spectators, visitors and locals.
The new service has been launched as part of a battery of information which can be accessed by Games fans on the move with the aid of smartphones and tablets.
There's also an information hotline which can be dialed on a landline.
Officials say it's essential that spectators, visitors, residents and workers all plan their journeys to avoid major snarl ups, especially in and around Games venues.
Hugh Gillies, head of Transport Scotland's 2014 team, said: "During the Games transport will be business as unusual, meaning spectators and the travelling public will need to proactively plan their journeys this summer." And he insisted: "Leaving it to chance is not an option. That is why we have provided additional features on a range of journey planning tools and more staff to deliver travel information services over the phone." Games Travel Radio offers: - l Regular pre-recorded audio bulletins providing timely traffic and public transport updates related to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.
l Up to three broadcasts an hour.
l Information in different formats, for desktops, mobile phones and tablets.
l Log on to the station at
commonwealthgames/gamestravelradio/ l A hotline number - 0800 028 1414 - for revellers who don't have smart technology but can access a landline.
l Real time updates are also available on Twitter @GamesTravel2014.
There's even an app to help pepple get around the city - and it's already a hit. More than 430,000 people have downloaded info from the Traveline Scotland app.
Officials reckon five million journeys will be made across the city by spectators and visitors before the curtain comes down on the Games, at Hampden Park on Sunday August 3.
gordon.thomson@ eveningtimes.co.uk (c) 2014 ProQuest Information and Learning Company; All Rights Reserved.
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