Transport Proposals go on show
• Transport plans aims to keep Scotland’s main arteries moving
• Three Park and Ride facilities to cater for spectators arriving by car
• Enhanced train provision and Gleneagles Station improvements
• No car access or parking at Gleneagles for spectators
Local communities will hear details of the proposed transport plan for The 2014 Ryder Cup at a series of meetings which will highlight the transport proposals in place.
The meetings, taking place this week in Auchterarder, Kinross, Stirling and Perth, will offer local community representatives a chance to find out how traffic will be managed during the event and how community needs have been built into the planning. The plans aim to ensure spectators can easily access The 2014 Ryder Cup via various transport options, while minimising disruption to local residents.
Traffic management elements of the plan include:
• Three Park and Ride facilities at Balado, Perth and Stirling to cater for the majority of event attendees
• Enhanced rail services and a commitment to keep stations operating for local commuters
• Access restrictions to Gleneagles during the period of the event to ensure no parking issues are experienced in the vicinity of the event
• Traffic management at key road junctions at Gleneagles and on the M9, A9 and M90 near the Park and Ride facilities
• Road closures minimised, but access to the A823 through Glendevon will be for local access only for the duration of the event
• Revised local bus service and school transport arrangements in the Auchterarder/Blackford area to maintain key public transport links.
Key partners, including Transport Scotland, Ryder Cup Europe, Police Scotland, Scottish Government, ScotRail and EventScotland, Perth & Kinross Council and Stirling Council will be on hand at the community events to discuss and explain the plans. Local communities have helped shape the report at a series of meetings held last year with local representatives and they will have further opportunity to input into the Transport Plan through the local community meetings.
Central to the Transport Plan are four important areas:
• Gleneagles – this will be free of spectator cars, with no access for private vehicles. All spectators to the event will have to arrive by a dedicated bus or train. Access to Gleneagles station is being enhanced as part of the legacy from the event and a temporary footbridge will carry Scotrail passengers over the A9. Two new temporary bus terminals at Gleneagles are being constructed to handle Park and Ride buses. Access to and from Auchterarder will be kept open, but road restrictions will apply.
• Balado Park and Ride (near Kinross – EAST) – this dedicated Park and Ride facility will provide car parking for most ticket-holders from the south. Buses from this site will travel one way along Glendevon and return via the M90 from the north. Reduced speed restrictions will be in force around Balado during the event to ensure smooth traffic flow.
• Perth Park and Ride (McDiarmid Park - NORTH) – the Park and Ride facility will cater for traffic coming from the north and will feature traffic management in and around the site.
• Stirling Park and Ride (Castleview - WEST) – as part of The 2014 Ryder Cup legacy, his existing facility is being extended to cater for traffic coming via the Glasgow area. Traffic management will be in operation around the Park and Ride facility.
Detailed traffic management plans are being produced for each of the Park and Rides. All of the Park and Ride facilities will have dedicated provision for cyclists, but pedestrian access will not be permitted for safety reasons and to minimise the disruption to the surrounding areas/businesses which could be caused by parking nearby. There will be drop-off facilities at all Park and Rides for Taxis and private vehicles.
Commenting on the transport meetings, Antonia Beggs, Operations Director at Ryder Cup Europe said: “Over the years we have been working with our partners and the local community to deliver a plan that will help ensure a safe and successful 2014 Ryder Cup for everyone. Our transport plans for The 2014 Ryder Cup aims to ensure that people can get on with their daily lives, whilst also help delivering one of the greatest sporting events in the world. We have tried to ensure that the event is as sustainable, safe and efficient as possible.”
Laurence Kenney, Transport Scotland said: “"Partnership has been key to the detailed planning undertaken to develop this Transport Plan which aims to ensure the reliable transport of thousands of spectators, while also keeping Scotland's major roads flowing. The three Park and Ride facilities, combined with enhanced rail provision, offer a number of options for spectators, while also minimising the impact on local communities.
"The Scottish Government investment in an upgraded Gleneagles Station and expanded park and ride at Stirling will encourage greater use of public transport during this prestigious event while leaving a lasting legacy for local communities."
Councillor Ian Miller, Leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The 2014 Ryder Cup is a tremendous opportunity for the local area, but its success will also be dependent on careful traffic management. We want all spectators to enjoy their visit to Gleneagles through using high quality, sustainable public transport provision. We are confident that the Transport Plan will help to deliver this, while ensuring that the majority of local people can continue with their daily lives as normal.”