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Glasgow Commonwealth Games Ceremonies costs increase

Car Hire Glasgow Airport is staggered by the increase in costs for the Commonwealth Games this July.

It has been revealed that the cost of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games opening and closing ceremonies this summer has risen by nearly 50%. The financial outlay is now almost £21 million compared to the 2012 estimate of £14 million.

It is believed the extra cash covered developments at both of the ceremonies to make them as spectacular as possible. The Glasgow 2014 spokesman said “The opening and closing ceremonies are key moments of the games, when the eyes of the world will be on Glasgow and Scotland. They offer a unique opportunity to showcase the host nation, the host city and the talent of the Scottish people. As we have developed the ceremonies, opportunities have arisen to add to the spectacle to deliver truly memorable events. To make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, we have chosen to make some additional investments in the ceremonies.”

The costs will be met from the general budget; meanwhile ScotRail has outlined plans for extra and later trains for the Games. The rail company is planning the largest train timetable Scotland has ever seen, with it unveiling later in April.

Steve Montgomery, ScotRail’s managing director, said “We have been planning this timetable for almost two years – working with games organisers, local authorities and industry partners to balance the needs of spectators and customers across Scotland. I’m confident that we’ll make best use of every train, station and stretch of track available during what will be an extremely busy time for Scotland’s transport networks.”