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From : 18th August 2019

To : 22nd September 2019

Posted : 14th August 2019

Tuesday 17 September

 

Two overnight closures of A9 at Gleneagles planned to allow safe removal of temporary footbridges used during 2019 Solheim Cup

  • Road will be closed Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 September, 7.30pm-6.30am

Road users are being advised that the A9 will be closed overnight for two nights this week to allow for the safe removal of two temporary footbridges installed over the A9 at Gleneagles.

The bridges were provided for thousands of spectators arriving and leaving by train during the 2019 Solheim Cup. 

To facilitate a safe dismantling of the bridges, the A9 will be closed in both directions at Gleneagles between 7.30pm and 6.30am on Thursday 19 September and Saturday 21 September.   The road will be open overnight on Friday 20 September however single lane closures will be in place for safety while teams continue with operations to remove the safety barriers next to the structures.  All traffic management restrictions will be removed during the daytime. 

Short local diversions will be provided through the Gleneagles, Auchterarder and Aberuthven junctions of the A9 during the closure times. Pedestrian access to the train station will be maintained but bus stops within the closures will not be operational on these two nights.   Emergency services will be permitted access at all times during the overnight closures.

The coordination of the overnight closures has been in close collaboration and discussion with Transport Scotland, Perth and Kinross Council and the Police.  

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Unit Representative, said: “We’re pleased that the temporary structures were able to assist thousands of spectators in accessing one of the biggest golfing events on the sporting calendar, helping to reduce disruption to motorists while providing safer access to those on foot. 

“As we did during the installation process, to keep everyone safe we need to close the A9 in both directions on Thursday night and Saturday night while we safely take down the structures, and our teams will work to complete operations as quickly and safely as possible. 

“We thank road users for their patience in advance and encourage all motorists to follow the traffic management and diversion routes which will be sign posted in advance.  We encourage motorists to plan ahead and check Traffic Scotland for up to date road information before they travel.”

Real-time journey information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, twitter at @trafficscotland or the new mobile site my.trafficscotland.org.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Temporary footbridges to be installed over the A9 for the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles

Five overnight closures of A9 required for safety starting Sunday 18 August

 

BEAR Scotland will be installing twin temporary footbridges over the A9 at Gleneagles to support transport requirements for the 2019 Solheim Cup.

The footbridges will allow thousands of spectators arriving at Gleneagles Train Station to access the Golf Course. The bridges will be positioned at the old train station access road.

The footbridges will be installed directly adjacent to each other and each footbridge will have a single 30m span stretching the full width of the A9 dual carriageway.  Access steps will be provided at each end with sufficient width to allow the passage of approximately 10,000 people per hour.  Similar temporary footbridges were successfully installed during the 2014 Ryder Cup which allowed for safe access across the busy A9 for thousands of spectators.  

To protect the footbridges, a temporary concrete barrier will be erected along each verge of the A9 local to the footbridges. The foundations were constructed and left in place following the 2014 Ryder Cup to enable easier installation of temporary structures for events such as the Solheim Cup.  

The installation and removal of these bridges and barriers will require five overnight closures of the A9 in both directions.  The road will be closed between 8.00pm and 6.00am on the following evenings:

 

Installation of bridges

Sunday 18th August

Monday 19th August

Tuesday 20th August

Removal of bridges

Thursday 19th September

Saturday 21st September

 

Local diversions will be provided between the Gleneagles and Auchterarder junctions of the A9 during the closure times. Pedestrian access to the train station will be maintained but bus stops within the closures will not be operational on these five nights.   Emergency services will be permitted access at all times during the overnight closures.

The coordination of the overnight closures has been in close collaboration and discussion with Transport Scotland and Perth and Kinross Council. 

Andy Thompson, BEAR Scotland’s North East Unit Representative, said: “The 2019 Solheim Cup will see people travel from all over Scotland and beyond to experience one of the biggest golfing events on the sporting calendar and these works will ensure thousands of spectators can access the 2019 Solheim Cup at Gleneagles safely. 

“The use of these temporary footbridges will reduce disruption to motorists and provide convenient access between the golf course and train station. For everyone’s safety, it will be necessary to close the A9 in both directions while the bridges and barriers are being installed and subsequently removed after the event, with teams working to complete operations as quickly and safely as possible.

“We thank motorists for their patience in advance of these installations, and urge drivers to pay attention to the traffic management measures and diversion signage during the closures. We encourage all road users to plan ahead by checking Traffic Scotland and leave some extra time for travel.”

BEAR Scotland is working with specialist sub-contractors to install the bridges on behalf of Transport Scotland.

Real time traffic information is available from Traffic Scotland on www.trafficscotland.org, on twitter at @trafficscotland or on the new mobile website my.trafficscotland.org.  

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