Tuesday, July 29, 2008


As an American who has driven long distances to attend games and concerts, I'm familiar with some traffic struggles for huge events. Usually it's nothing more than looking for a bunch of cars moving less than 5 mph in one lane, getting in line, and then waiting for the caravan to wind its way into the parking lot. Often there's a state trooper or three along the way to wave you in the right direction.

However, Liverpool supporters heading by bus to Glasgow this weekend for the friendly with Rangers have a whole 'nuther experience waiting for them. Granted, the northwest of England and Scotland weren't carved out with widespread driving in mind, but this made my head hurt thinking about the logistics:

"Liverpool supporters' buses and minibuses travelling west on the M8 Motorway towards the stadium should leave the Motorway at Junction 23; turn right at the slip road traffic lights onto Dumbreck Road; ahead through the traffic light junction onto Broomloan Road; ahead through the roundabout junction; and turn left into the dedicated 'AWAY' bus / minibus park which is situated about 100 yards on your left."

Oof. The description for driving by private car sounded a little less daunting, but then there's this:

"MAJOR ROADWORKS are ongoing on the M8 Motorway near to Junctions 25 and 25A and extensive congestion and delays are expected. Leave plenty of extra time to complete your journey."

Using all caps really means business. Must be rough.

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