Local traffic management and travel advice for the Genesis Scottish Open, which returns to East Lothian this July.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to East Lothian from Wednesday 10 to Sunday 14 July for the Genesis Scottish Open golf tournament, which returns to the Renaissance Club, near Dirleton, for the sixth consecutive year.

In preparation for the increase in visitors, event organisers the DP World Tour, Police Scotland and East Lothian Council have been working together on a Transport Management Plan to help minimise the impact on residents and businesses.

The Plan includes temporary changes to the parking, waiting, loading and unloading restrictions in Aberlady, Longniddry and Dirleton, with these restrictions being in place from 6am on Wednesday 10 July until 11pm on Sunday 14 July.

In terms of traffic flow, spectators will be directed from the A1 at Haddington before heading eastbound at the Ballencrieff Roundabout, along the A1377 via Drem. This means the majority of traffic will be ushered away from the A198 coast road which will remain open at all times, but delays and congestion maybe experienced during the event, particularly in the expected peak travel periods.

The public car park is free and is located immediately to the east of Gullane, in the ‘Muirfield fields’ on the north side of the A198.

Spectators will also be encouraged to use public transport as much as possible and directed to the GoSEStran app developed by East Lothian Council and Transport Scotland to help plan their journeys.

Ticket holders will be advised to use service buses between North Berwick and Edinburgh as well as the Edinburgh to Longniddry train service. A free courtesy bus service will operate between Longniddry railway station and the public car park.

If you are planning to travel to the Genesis Scottish Open by train, please note that Scotrail are currently operating a temporary timetable. Please check your journey before travelling.

In more detail, traffic restrictions are:

  • There will be no parking, loading or unloading on the B1377 at Longniddry (past the train station) and part of Main Road (B1345) and Village Green Road in Dirleton
  • 20mph speed limits will be in place on the B1377 at Longniddry and 30mph limits on part of the A198 at Dirleton
  • In response to public consultation, parking will be suspended on the north side of the High Street (A198) and A6137 in Aberlady only, rather than on both sides of the road

Full event details are on the DP World Tour website.

Published: Tuesday, 18th June 2024