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Public encouraged to use public transport to see Aberdeenís fireworks display

05/11/12

Members of the public are being encouraged to take the bus to see Aberdeen City annual Fireworks Display tonight [Monday 5 November].

Counting down to the big firework launch was Callie Anderson and her Mum Michelle Giles. Thousands of people are expected to turn out to watch the dazzling display and the roads will be considerably busier than usual. The travelling public should expect delays.

Park and Ride bus services will be available from several points across the city offering drop off and pick-up points on Cotton Street.

The service routes will operate from Kingswells from 5.55pm every 10 minutes and from Bridge of Don every 10 minutes from 6.10pm. Buses will also leave Calder Park [Makro Car Park] every 20 minutes, from 6.30pm. Prices for the service will be £1.50 for adults and £1 for children.

For further information about the bus services, telephone First on (01224) 650065.

Stagecoach Bluebird will operate a free shuttle service from Union Square station at 5.30pm, 5.50pm, 6.20pm and 6.40pm with stops at Adelphi on Union Street and the Beach Boulevard.The return service will run from the west end of Cotton Street at 8pm and 8.30pm, travelling along East North Street, Union Street and Market Street to Union Square station.

The pyrotechnic extravaganza on Guy Fawkes Night begins with firewalkers at 6.30pm, walking across hot coals to raise money for charity Inspire, before entertainers hit the streets performing magic tricks and balloon modelling on the Beach Boulevard.

The main event will begin at 7.30pm, with a spectacular colourful, 20 minute aerial fireworks display, all set to music from James Bond movies.

The Lord Provost of Aberdeen George Adamwill lead the countdown to the launch of the fantastic display at Aberdeen beach.

Inverurie-based Fireworx Scotland will be responsible for this year's pyrotechnic feats with Northsound 2 presenter John McRuvie as MC.

Catering and toilet facilities will be provided and vendors will be selling a selection of items, including glow sticks.

Members of the public are reminded that they should not bring their own fireworks, other than sparklers, to the display. And with weather forecasters currently predicting clear skies to watch the display it will be cold, so spectators should wrap up warm. Aberdeen Fireworks 2012.

The best vantage points for the display will be along Beach Boulevard and Beach Esplanade.

A series of traffic restrictions and road closures will be in place as a result of the Guy Fawkes fireworks display.

The following roads will be closed on Monday [5 November]:

  • Greyhope Road full length from 2pm until 10pm;
  • Beach Boulevard full length from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Beach Boulevard between Links Road and Commerce Street from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Links Road from its junction at Beach Retail Park (ASDA) to the roundabout at the Beach Ballroom from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Beach Esplanade from a point just north of Accommodation Road southwards to the roundabout at Burger King from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Accommodation Road – full length from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Cotton Street – full length from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Constitution Street – full length from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Urquhart Road from its junction at Park Road to is junction at Links Road from 5.45pm until 9pm;
  • Beach Boulevard from its junction at Links Road to its junction with Beach Esplanade from 5.45pm to 9pm.

The following traffic restrictions will be in place from 5.45pm until 9pm:

  • no right turn from the entry road at Sunset Boulevard on to Links Road;
  • no right turn from Queens Links Leisure Park car park on to Links Road;
  • no left turn from Beach Retail Park car park on to Links Road;
  • no left turn from Wales Street on to Beach Boulevard;
  • no right turn from Hanover Street on to Beach Boulevard;
  • exit from the Doubletree Hilton Hotel by right turn on to Links Road and left turn on to Constitution Street.

There will be no parking allowed from 6pm on Sunday (4 November) until 9pm on Monday [5 November] on the following streets:

  • Links Road between the Beach Esplanade and Urquhart Road junctions;
  • Beach Boulevard;
  • Cotton Street;
  • Urquhart Road between the Links Road and Park Road junctions, except for blue and green badge holders;
  • Beach Esplanade between Beach Boulevard and Accommodation Road.

The fireworks display marks the start of Aberdeen City Council's Winter Festival programme that includes events, where to stay, places to visit and shop and things to do which continues until 25 January 2013. Full details can be found at: http://winterfestivalaberdeen.com