There was chaos at Dundee Railway Station this morning as several commuters were reportedly unable to board rush-hour trains due to congestion.
Folk were being told there was simply no room to board trains bound for Aberdeen due to packed carriages heading to Carnoustie for the second day of The Open.
One commuter reported mayhem on the 7.31am train from Edinburgh to Aberdeen, which stopped off at Dundee at 8.43am.
The witness told the Tele: “I saw a queue of people trying to get on at Dundee but the train guard told them there was no room.
“It was like London’s Central Line at rush hour.”
The witness, who commutes to Dundee every day, added that they had to battle through huge queues at Edinburgh Waverley just to get on the train itself.
Inside, it was “jam-packed”. “People were sitting in luggage racks and there were loads of people standing.
“It stopped at Leuchars and Kirkcaldy and there was as much of a fight to get off the train as there was to get on.
“I was raging when I was told at Edinburgh that I might not get on, and also when having battled through I was told I had to stand, because I need to get to work in Dundee every day.”
All services to Carnoustie during this year’s Open have five carriages. “They could surely have extra trains and extra carriages in the mornings,” the witness added.
A ScotRail spokesman said the platform at Carnoustie can only cater for a maximum of five carriages, so longer trains are not possible. They added that all ScotRail services through Carnoustie are stopping there during the competition.
Yesterday the company moved more than 8,000 people to and from Carnoustie, and 4,500 today before 10am.
The spokesperson added: “We’re delighted to see The Open return to the fantastic Carnoustie Links. With a spectacle like this on our doorstep, it’s no surprise that services are very busy.
“We’re doing all we can to keep people moving, with extra carriages on the majority of services, 77 additional trains, and nearly 50 of our people on hand to help every day.”