Locations of the Spectator Park and Ride Facilities to The 2010 Ryder Cup.

Park and Ride Facilities finalised

Plans for two Park and Ride facilities that will be the sole points of entry for spectators for The 2010 Ryder Cup have been announced.

Roddy Williams, European Tour Editorial Staff

The organisers of The 2010 Ryder Cup at The Celtic Manor Resort, City of Newport, Wales, have finalised plans for two Park and Ride facilities that will be the sole points of entry for spectators on both practice and competition days (Tuesday September 28 to Sunday October 3).

Land at the former steelworks at Llanwern will be used to accommodate up to 12,000 cars travelling from the east and England, while an expanded car park at Tredegar House will provide space for up to 3,000 cars arriving from the west of the venue.

Surfacing work at both sites is already underway and is expected to be completed by the end of May. Both sites will include facilities for security and ticket checks for people alighting coaches to take them to the event via a purpose-built junction on the A449.

“We have based the plans on our experience of previous Ryder Cups at The Belfry and The K Club where spectators had a very smooth passage into the Park and Ride facilities and then onwards to the event,” said Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director.

“Security has to be our top priority, but we are also very confident the arrangements will ensure spectators enjoy their Ryder Cup experience while minimising disruption for those going about their normal business.

“The event will be a sell out, which means we will have up to 30,000 people a day going through the two sites, and we want every single one of them to have a great time.”

People who have successfully applied for tickets through the ballot, which closes at midnight on Wednesday April 21, will be directed to a specific Park and Ride depending on where they live or on their location for the match week.

Both Park and Ride facilities will be open from 6am to 10pm with the peak times likely to be the lead up to the expected start of play at 7am and the period after the close of play at 7pm, though the flow of spectators could be affected by the weather and changes to the playing timetable.   

Spectators arriving from the east and from England will be directed to leave the M4 at Junction 23A near Magor so they can enter the Llanwern site through the eastern works entrance. Coaches to the event will then leave the site, travelling via the Southern Distributor Road and Junction 24 to the event.

Those arriving on the M4 from the west will be directed to Tredegar House via Junction 30 (Cardiff Gate), the A48(M) and the A48 through Castleton and Celtic Springs. The spectator coaches will then leave Tredegar House and travel via Junction 28 to The Celtic Manor Resort.

Over the past 18 months, Ryder Cup Europe have been involved in extensive discussions with all the authorities involved in the traffic movement operation, including the Welsh Assembly Government, Gwent Police, Newport City Council, Monmouthshire County Council and the Highways Agency to ensure a smooth passage for spectators to and from The Celtic Manor Resort.

“We are also in the process of holding meetings with local businesses and community representatives to explain the arrangements,” said Edward Kitson, Ryder Cup Match Director.

Traffic pressures on the first day of competitive play – Friday, October 1 - will be offset by a reduction in local car usage as a result of Newport schools having inset days. It has also been agreed that no maintenance work will take on the M4 in the month before and month after The Ryder Cup.

Successful candidates from the second public ticket ballot will be determined, as was the case in the first ballot, through a computerised random lottery draw and every applicant will be notified of the result by email.

Meanwhile, anyone wishing to secure admission to experience the atmosphere of golf’s greatest team event in the company of friends or colleagues can do so by purchasing Official Ryder Cup Hospitality packages from single days to season tickets featuring tables of ten or chalets for 30 or 50 people. Details of those packages can be purchased via www.rydercuphospitality.com

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