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Ryder Cup Transport Plans: Roseanna Seeks Clarification

The Scottish National Party's Ms Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliament for Perthshire South & Kinross-shire, has contacted the organisers of the Ryder Cup seeking clarification of the transport arrangements being put in place for when the competition comes to Gleneagles next year.

Speaking today (Tuesday) Ms Cunningham said:

"It has come to my attention that there is some confusion surrounding the transport arrangements being put in place for when the Ryder Cup comes to Gleneagles next year.

"The information on the Ryder Cup's official website seems to give the impression that the only means of getting to Gleneagles by bus will be from one of the three Park and Ride car parks being set up in Perth, Kinross and Stirling.

"This would, of course, create the ridiculous situation where visitors staying in accommodation in Crieff, for example, would have to travel to Perth to then get either a bus or train to Gleneagles.

"I have had confirmation from Euan Mitchell, the Police Community Engagement Officer for the 2014 Ryder Cup, that thus far โ€“ and I stress, thus far โ€“ that is, indeed, how things stand.

"It was my understanding, from information supplied at meetings that were held locally, that there would be local transportation and PC Mitchell informs me that Ryder Cup Europe have advised that once the ticket allocation has been completed and more detailed information on ticket holders travel requests has been analysed, they will consider the implications of this with regards to facilitating access to The 2014 Ryder Cup for those in the local area.

"Further details are to be discussed in September once there is a more accurate indication of travel plans from ticket holders.

"I would like to see that timetable accelerated and will be seeking a meeting with Ryder Cup Europe to ensure that plans are indeed put in place for local access to the event as soon as possible.

"I know that a number of local B&Bs are understandably concerned about the impact this would have on guests that have already booked with them and indeed the consequences for such difficulties on their likelihood of securing further bookings.

"I appreciate that the Ryder Cup represents a significant logistical challenge but I do not want to see businesses in my constituency by-passed or my constituents excluded from an event right on their doorstep."

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, 63 Glasgow Road, Perth PH2 0PE  •  01738 620540   •   Website designed & hosted by Craig Mackay Design