Special car parking and bus travel arrangements have been lined up to address the needs of commuters and visitors to Offshore Europe 2013 next week.
To accommodate the influx of visitors to the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), people travelling to the event from the north are being encouraged to use AECC’s car park 10 on Claymore Drive – a grass site with capacity for over 1, 000 vehicles.
Visitors travelling from the west of Aberdeen can use the Kingswells park-and-ride service, which is on the A944 beside the Kingswells roundabout. First Aberdeen’s service 40 operates from Kingswells to Bridge of Don via the city centre – the Kingswells parking facility has the capacity for 900 vehicles.
All other visitors to the AECC are encouraged to use the free Offshore Europe shuttle service, which will operate on a frequent basis during peak times from Gordon Barracks (parking capacity 1, 000) and Beach Esplanade (900).
Variable message signs on routes leading to the AECC will carry regularly updated information on the free shuttle bus service and the availability of parking spaces. Messages will also be broadcast advising delegates not to park on pavements and grass verges – and notices will be installed along verges throughout the site carrying the same message.
From Monday 02 September to Friday 06 September, all on-site car parking at the AECC will be required for Offshore Europe. First Aberdeen’s park-and-ride Service 40 will run on its normal route stopping at the AECC and Ellon Road, near The Parkway to accommodate visitors to Offshore Europe, Service 40 operates every 15 minutes at peak times and every 20 minutes outwith peak periods.
First Aberdeen will offer regular customers with a four-week park-and-ride season ticket the opportunity to travel on Services 1 and 2, to and from the city centre for the duration of the Offshore Europe week. First Aberdeen has confirmed it will operate extra buses from the city centre to the AECC via its Gig ’n’ Go services at a special rate of £3.30 for a return ticket.
Aberdeen City Council’s director of Enterprise, Planning and Infrastructure Gordon McIntosh said: “Offshore Europe will see tens of thousands of visitors in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, so every measure has been taken to minimise disruption to travellers during this time by Aberdeen City Council, First Aberdeen, AECC and Police Scotland working together.
“Drivers are asked to be considerate to other road users, businesses, residents in the Energy Park and to those living and working within the surrounding areas. The travelling public is advised to allow extra time for their journeys and to plan ahead.”
City wardens and police officers will advise motorists not to park in restricted areas and staff on site will direct motorists to appropriate parking zones. Motorists who park illegally will be issued with a £60 penalty charge notice in line with routine operational procedures.
For more information on bus travel arrangements visit First Aberdeen website at http://www.firstaberdeen.com