Question and Answers for the Biggest Weekend
Traffic and Transport
- How do I get to the event?
Site access is well signposted, so if you’re travelling by car or on foot follow the event signage to reach your destination. The route is not the same as a normal visit to Scone Palace Events, so don’t rely on sat nav!
- Where can I drop off passengers in my car?
Drivers of private vehicles who do not wish to park at the site should drop passengers in Perth, at South Inch car park, so that they can walk or get the shuttle bus. There is no pick-up/drop-off area on site, anyone who enters the car park will be asked to pay.
- Why can’t the public pick up and drop off at the venue?
This decision was based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the car park and walking options.
- I’m driving a minibus, will I be able to use the taxi rank?
Unfortunately the temporary taxi rank at Quarrymill Car Park will be unable to take the volume of minibuses which are now being predicted. Any minibuses, with the exception of those operated by a taxi firm, will be directed to the on site car park, and asked to pay the on the day ticket price of £20. Entries to the car park will stop at 9.00 pm on both nights, so if the minibus will be leaving and returning later that day you will need to be back in the car park before 9.00 pm.
Retain your parking ticket from earlier in the day to show on re-entry.
- How do I leave the event by walking/ car / taxi etc ?
Follow the event signage.
If you are walking temporary tower lights are being put in place on the A93 and Old Scone Brae to make your journey safer.
If you are leaving the car park follow the signage and directions from police/stewards.
If you are meeting a pre-arranged taxi, walk back down the A93 towards Quarrymill. Please note Quarrymill car park will not be acting as a taxi rank, so you will not be able to pick up a taxi from here if it has not been booked in advance.
Please remember there is no pick-up point within or near the site, so if you’re meeting someone for a lift after we advise you to arrange pick-up at the South Inch car park in Perth city.
- I didn’t buy my bus ticket by 18 May, can I still get the shuttle bus?
There will be limited bus tickets available on the day. If you missed the online deadline, you can still buy tickets in advance in person at Perth bus station.
- Where do I go to catch the shuttle bus in Perth?
There will be a queuing system in place, as large numbers of passengers are expected between 11am and 3pm. To enter the queue, please approach Tay Street from the south (ie from the South Street end).
- I am unable to walk for 20 minutes. Can I still get the bus?
Yes, transport from the shuttle drop off to the arena will be arranged for people unable to walk.
- Will there be enough tickets available for those who want to pay for the shuttle bus on the day?
On the day tickets will be limited, you will have to queue to buy tickets on the day, and only once one has been purchased will you be allowed to join the next queue to get on a shuttle bus. If you haven’t purchased a ticket in advance you will get there, but you should expect a lengthy wait, particularly if you intend to travel during peak times.
- Do I have to stick to the travel time on my pre-booked ticket?
No, the time chosen when you booked your shuttle bus ticket was for pre-planning purposes so we could get a sense of the busiest times. Your ticket will be valid all day.
- Will the A4 bag size restriction be enforced on the shuttle bus?
Yes, one of the conditions of access to the event is that bags bigger than A4 will not be allowed, this will be enforced by stewards before anyone is allowed on the shuttle bus.
Parking private vehicles
- Will the parking pass count as a ‘permitted vehicle’?
If you are parking on site please follow event signage which will direct you to the car park. If you’ve pre-paid for parking please show a copy of your email confirmation and you will be allowed access to the site without re-paying. Parking passes will not give you access to roads closed by traffic orders.
- I’ve pre-paid for parking, but haven’t received a ticket, what should I do?
Anyone who has pre-paid for parking online will have received an email confirmation, people who have booked more recently will also have received a PDF attachment. Either a printed copy of the PDF or a print out of the email if there wasn’t a PDF attachment will be sufficient to prove that you have pre-paid for parking. If you haven’t received a confirmation email or have any concerns, please contact Scone Palace directly.
- Are you allowed to leave cars overnight on Saturday and collect them on Sunday?
No, overnight parking is not allowed. Vehicles left in the event car park overnight may be removed.
- Where is the disabled/Taxi drop off? (not for the website/social media apart from by private message – can be used for private messages, and email/phone contacts)
There is no scheduled shuttle service between Quarrymill and the event site. Taxi drivers/ passengers with disabilities should speak to the stewards/police at Quarrymill, to advise them of of the situation, and (where possible) they will be allowed to travel closer to the pedestrian entrance on the A93. If not they should drop passengers at Quarrymill and disabled access transport will be arranged to and from the site, by advising stewards that this is required.
If you can advise us when you are arriving, we can pass this on to prepare stewards for the number and timing of when to expect these requests so they can be managed.
- Do taxis have to register?
No, although taxi drivers should follow instructions from stewards/police, and should be aware that they may be diverted away from Quarrymill when it is full.
Please note this is not a taxi stance.
Taxis can only drop off and pick up pre booked hires.
- Why are taxis not allowed to drop off nearer the venue?
This decision was also based on traffic modelling which highlighted there was insufficient capacity on the local road network. Therefore the traffic plan concentrated on the shuttle bus operation supplemented with the carpark and walking options. The taxi pick up and drop off is a few hundred yards from the pedestrian entrance to the site.
- Where should taxis coming from Blairgowrie go?
Any traffic coming down the A93 from the Blairgowrie direction which is not heading for the event car park will be directed up Old Scone Brae, and southward through Scone. Taxis can then access Quarrymill from the south (Bridgend) side of the A93.
- Will there be somewhere safe for me to lock up my bicycle on site?
Cyclists should follow the main walking routes to the venue. Just north of the South Lodge Gate into the estate, on the opposite side of the road, cyclists will be directed into what was the former stable block area where secure cycle parking will be provided. Cycle parking facilities will be provided along with toilets and lighting, although cyclists will need to provide their own bike lock to secure their property.
- Where is the pedestrian access to the site?
Pedestrian access is via Gate C which is on the A93 (Isla Road to Old Scone) – slightly further north of the normal Scone Palace visitor entrance. Signage will be in place, and stewards on hand to direct you.
Other access questions
- Are disabled / physically impaired visitors allowed to bring camping chairs?
Friday 25 May – BBC Radio 3 event
All event goers are permitted to bring with them 1 folding chair for use at the event.
These must come through the normal entrance lanes and are subject to security searches.
Saturday 26 May – BBC Radio 2 event
As a general rule no folding chairs are allowed into the event on Saturday due to the numbers of people expected. The only exceptions are for festival goers who have accessibility requirements which have been confirmed with the access co-ordinator for the event in advance (normally by indicating accessibility requirements at the point the event ticket was booked). The chair will be tagged at the check in cabin and will be granted access.
People travelling in the area, not attending the event
22. Which roads are affected by restrictions / closures on the Friday?
Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement the closures of Tay Street, High Street, George Street, Bridge Lane or Perth Bridge, although there will be parking and loading restrictions. Restrictions for local traffic will also be lifted on the A93 (Isla Road) to allow commuter vehicles to travel this road on the Friday.
A Google MyMap showing the traffic restrictions/closures on both days is available here: http://bit.ly/2GMQ5qO
23. Why do you need to put restrictions on Stormont Road on Friday when the traffic won’t be so heavy?
The road in question is a key route in the overall traffic management plan, as such it was identified by the Event Transport Sub Group, (this group consists of the Emergency Services, PKC, and other Traffic and Transport Professionals) as a prime location for indiscriminate parking by event goers. Therefore we were asked to promote a Temporary Traffic Restriction Order to prevent parking and to ensure that this main artery, is kept clear for residents, emergency services, and exiting traffic.
24. Why has there been so little communications and engagement with communities leading up to the event?
All affected residents, businesses and community councils have been contacted with details of the travel and road restrictions for the BBC’s Biggest Weekend. Unfortunately the travel plan took longer than anticipated to finalise, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. Travel planning is a multi-agency responsibility, and we have consulted with partners as well as taken into account the latest event ticket sales and bus and car parking ticket sales, in order to ensure as little disruption as possible.
25. Local media reported people in Stormontfield would need to take a 20 mile detour to buy provisions. Is this true?
The road restriction which caused this concern is only in place between 9.00 pm and 2.00 am following each of the events to support people exiting the event, during this time the U88 Stormontfield will be closed to westbound traffic. We hope that this small period of time, late at night, gives residents enough flexibility to stock up during the day
26. Are both bridges leading into Perth only open to buses?
Both the Old Perth Bridge and Queen’s Bridge are open to normal traffic, however, event traffic should follow event signage to reach the event. We would recommend that other road users avoid the Old Perth Bridge as far as possible as it will be very busy, particularly during peak travel periods.
Road Closures and Travelling around Perth/Scone during the event
Friday 25th May
Looking at the latest estimates, we expect numbers on Friday to be similar to those for previous events at Scone, and so we do not expect to have to implement all of the road closures originally expected. The information below has been updated to reflect the closures and parking/loading restrictions which will be in place on the Friday.
Saturday 26th May
On Saturday, there will be unprecedented numbers travelling within a relatively short space of time, so we do expect to have to close more roads to cars. If you do not need to travel during the peak times for people travelling to (10:00 to 14:00) and from (22:00 to 01:00) on each day, then we’d recommend planning any journeys outwith these times.,
- A93 Perth to Blairgowrie, Isla Road (Main Street to Old Scone) will be closed to all traffic apart from permitted vehicles from 08:00 Saturday 26th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th The diversion will be via the A94 to Scone. There will be local access as far as Upper Springlands. From 08:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May there will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
- U88 Stormontfield (A93 Old Scone to Race Course entrance) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 21:00 Fri 25th May to 02:00 Sat 26th May and also from 21:00 Sat 26th May to 02:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94 Scone to Redstone – C438 Redstone – C437 Guildtown – A93 – U88 Cambusmichael. This diversion will be extremely busy when people are leaving the event. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
- U87 Old Scone (A93 to Stormont Road) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 08:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
- U89 St Martins (A93 – C434) will be closed to all eastbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 15:00 Fri 25th May and also from 08:00 Sat 26th May to 15:00 Sat 26th May. The diversion will be via the C434 – A93 – C437 – C438 – A94. There will also be a 20mph speed restriction, plus loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
- Keir Street, Perth (A94 – A93) will be closed to all westbound traffic from 08:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. The diversion will be via the A94. There will also be loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation.
- Main Street, Perth (Strathmore Street – Perth Bridge) will have loading and parking restrictions (both sides) in operation from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
- Stormont Road, Sandy Road, Spoutwells Road, Spoutwells Drive and Oakdene Road, Scone will have parking and loading restrictions (both sides) in place from 06:00 Fri 25th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May. This is to maintain the local bus services and prevent indiscriminate parking.
Loading and parking restrictions (both sides) will be in place on the following roads from 06:00 Friday 25th May to 10:00 Sunday 27th May. Details of road closures/other restrictions are as below.
- Tay Street, Perth (Perth Bridge – Queen’s Bridge) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
- High Street, Perth (Tay Street – Watergate) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
- George Street, Perth (High Street – Charlotte Street) will be closed to all traffic apart from buses from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
- Bridge Lane, Perth (Skinnergate – George Street) will be closed to all traffic from 06:00 Sat 26th May to 10:00 Sun 27th May.
The following roads are also included in the Temporary Traffic Restriction Order. They have been included only in case they are needed and will hopefully not be necessary. However, there is expected to be a lot of traffic on these roads at the start and end of the event.
- A85 Perth Bridge & West Bridge Street, Perth
- C434 Balbeggie to St Martins
- C438 Redstone to Gallowhill
- C437 Gallowhill to Guildtown
The peak arrival times are expected to be 10:00 – 14:00 and the peak departure times 22:00 – 01:00 for both the Friday and Saturday events. Traffic will be significantly heavier on the Saturday. Please plan around this, and where possible avoid travelling during these times unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Pedestrian routes will not be affected and emergency access will be maintained at all times.