By Nick Butler at the Main Press Centre in Glasgow

Traffic restriction are in place across Glasgow with just two days to go until the Opening Ceremony of the Commonwealth Games ©Getty ImagesUp to half of the one million ticket holders for Glasgow 2014 still need to finalise or make travel plans for their events, with just two days until the Opening Ceremony here, a survey has indicated.

In particular, many people are reportedly yet to consider the additional time or alternative routes needed to access venues, necessary due to the various road restrictions and security arrangements now in place.

Spectators are thus being urged to look now at the options available to ensure they have a positive experience travelling to and from their events, with planning ahead seen as key to keeping the city moving during the Games, for normal residents as well as for visitors. 

"Many of the spectators know the city well but it's important to remember venues and much of the transport network will operate differently from what people are familiar with," said Glasgow 2014 transport and logistics director Michael Renshaw.

"All venues have very different travel options and there is no general parking available.
"Spectators can help make their journeys as easy and stress free as possible by planning ahead and visiting the Glasgow 2014 website to view and use all the available travel resources to prepare and plan for a great day out."

A million spectators are expected to descend on Glasgow for the Games ©Getty ImagesA million spectators are expected to descend on Glasgow for the Games ©Getty Images

Spectators can take advantage of free public transport within the Games Zone travel area by using their venue tickets, with this possible in Clydebank, Bearsden, Bishopbriggs, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Burnside, Clarkston and Giffnock, as well as the city centre.

Arrangements are also in place for venues outside Glasgow to access public transport within those local areas.

Dedicated spectator shuttle bus services are being provided for some of the larger events, or for venues that are less accessible by public transport, including the athletics stadium at Hampden Park, and at Celtic Park where the Opening Ceremony will take place. 

These services, which are available for ticket holders only, will operate on a "fill and go" basis with buses leaving up to every two minutes.

A Park and Ride service is also available for the larger events for those intending to drive, with tickets priced at £5 ($9/€6) per vehicle and shuttle buses provided to transport spectators to and from their events.

This service is available for the Ceremonies and events at Hampden Park, as well as at the rugby sevens venue at Ibrox, the mountain-biking course at Cathkin Braes and at Strathclyde Country Park, where triathlon will take place.

Tickets for the Park and Ride must be booked in advance. 

"Glasgow 2014 is a walking, cycling and public transport Games," added Renshaw. 

"Many of the venues are within walking distance of the city centre and there are a number of venues where walking times may be slightly longer but going on foot may still be the quickest and most relaxing way to get around, plus it means avoiding crowds and inevitable queues at stations and other transport hubs particularly after the end of events.

"Cycling will also be one of the quickest ways to get about the city and there are new Glasgow City Council bikes available for hire at 31 locations across the city including six Commonwealth venues.

"Glasgow 2014 has also provided more than 1,000 bike parking spaces across all venues.

"We have been working with our partners including Transport Scotland and Glasgow City Council for a long time now to make transport run as smoothly as possible and to provide travel advice to and from all venues and information."

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