Spec­ta­tors urged to plan their jour­neys to Open

TRAVEL: 170,000 vis­i­tors ex­pected at Carnoustie and much thought has gone into mak­ing event a suc­cess

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - GRAEME STRA­CHAN gstra­chan@the­courier.co.uk

Open vis­i­tors are be­ing urged to plan their jour­neys to Carnoustie with more than 170,000 spec­ta­tors ex­pected to de­scend on Tay­side.

A multi-agency ap­proach has been taken as or­gan­is­ers try to make sure vis­i­tors and res­i­dents en­joy a safe and suc­cess­ful cham­pi­onship.

In­for­ma­tion about trav­el­ling to the An­gus town by road, bus, rail, air, bike or sea is avail­able on An­gus Coun­cil’s web­site.

Provost Ron­nie Proc­tor of­fered a warm wel­come to the re­gion and ex­pressed hopes that every­one has a fan­tas­tic time.

He said: “The eyes of the sport­ing world will turn to Carnoustie and An­gus next week and we look for­ward to show­ing them what a fan­tas­tic place this is. A huge amount of plan­ning has been in­vested in de­liv­er­ing a safe, se­cure and suc­cess­ful event for every­one.

“This has meant some tem­po­rary changes and re­stric­tion to the way in which traf­fic is man­aged in and around the town.

“But this has been done in a way to keep dis­rup­tion to a min­i­mum while en­sur­ing the safe and se­cure move­ment of large num­bers of peo­ple and ve­hi­cles.”

John­nie Cole-Hamilton, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor-cham­pi­onships at the R&A said: “The Open is a global sport­ing event with the best play­ers in the sport com­pet­ing for the fa­mous Claret Jug tro­phy.

“We are de­lighted to be bring­ing the Cham­pi­onship back to Carnoustie which is a truly out­stand­ing links with a rich his­tory.

“We look for­ward to a fan­tas­tic week of golf and are work­ing hard with our part­ners to en­sure that fans have a hugely mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence at the cham­pi­onship.”

Supt An­drew Todd, one of the se­nior of­fi­cers re­spon­si­ble for polic­ing the event, said plan­ning has been tak­ing place over many months to en­sure that a safe and suc­cess­ful event is de­liv­ered.

He said: “There are a num­ber of pub­lic trans­port op­tions avail­able and we en­cour­age peo­ple to use these.

“Plan your jour­ney in ad­vance, al­low your­self ex­tra time and, if you are driv­ing, please fol­low the signs which will di­rect you to the best car parks for the event. Of­fi­cers will be on hand and if you have any con­cerns or need as­sis­tance please speak to them. Most im­por­tantly have a great time and en­joy the golf.”

Stein Con­nelly from Trans­port Scot­land said: “With a large at­ten­dance ex­pected across the four days of the tour­na­ment, there will in­evitably be an im­pact on the trunk road net­work around Carnoustie.

“We would urge spec­ta­tors to plan their jour­ney to and from the course in ad­vance, and en­cour­age them to use pub­lic trans­port wher­ever pos­si­ble.

“You can get the most up to date in­for­ma­tion on the trunk road net­work at the Traf­fic Scot­land web­site, mo­bile web­site – traf­fic­scot­land – and twit­ter page. For in­for­ma­tion on other modes of trans­port, check with your op­er­a­tor be­fore you set off.”

The Claret Jug pic­tured in front of the club house at Carnoustie golf course. This will be the 147th Open Cham­pi­onship.

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