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St Andrews from St Rules Tower

Please Note:- Saturday 7 September - Leuchars Airshow

This year, our opening weekend coincides with the Leuchars Airshow which is the only Airshow in Scotland and traditionally hosts around 40,000 people. It is expected that the numbers this year will be very high due to the change from the RAF to the Army over the next 12 months, making it possibly the last such Airshow.  It is therefore expected that the Airshow will make the transport routes in and around the area, and within St Andrews, extremely busy.  The University is working with RAF Leuchars, Police Scotland, ScotRail, Stagecoach Buses and The AA to minimise problems. However, some delays are inevitable.  We would suggest that, if you are coming to St Andrews by road, you should where possible avoid arriving in the local area before 12 noon on Saturday 7 September in the hope of avoiding the worst of any traffic congestion on the approaches to St Andrews.  If you do have to arrive in the morning, we would suggest that, where possible, you should avoid the A91 from Cupar to St. Andrews (a diversion will be signposted from Cupar) and the A92, as these two routes will be most affected by transport heading to the Airshow. For those for whom a Saturday arrival is unavoidable the police advice is to plan ahead, allow extra journey time and avoid peak travel hours.   Some alternative routes to St Andrews using minor roads can be followed but drivers are reminded that these roads are narrow in places and used by cyclists as well as local and slow-moving farm traffic. 

Please be aware that parking at halls of residence in the town centre – McIntosh Hall, St Regulus Hall and St Salvators Hall. John Burnett is very limited and at most only drop-off facilities are available.  On some town centre streets parking is metered and a parking ticket must be purchased and displayed.  Free public parking is available on the outskirts of the town centre and at the larger halls of residence (Agnes Blackadder Hall, Andrew Melville Hall, David Russell Apartments and Fife Park, and Albany Park).  All visitor vehicles should be removed from University car parks by 08.00am on Monday 9 September 2013.

 If you are planning to travel by rail arriving at Leuchars Station, again the Airshow will make that route very busy indeed, with uggage space at a premium.  We would urge you to consider, if possible, that you make the journey on Sunday 8 September.   Whatever day you arrive, there will be taxis and buses outside Leuchars Station ready to transport you on the final leg of your journey – to St. Andrews. However, on 7th September, due to the Airshow the bus stop and taxis will be moved to the main road and will not be coming into the station approach, also car parking at the rail station will be suspended for the day

Arriving at the Airport

Arriving at Edinburgh Airport

At Edinburgh Airport between the hours of 9am and 8pm, there will be volunteers from the University, dressed in distinctive t-shirts, to welcome and assist you. In addition, the staff from St Andrews Direct will also assist you in getting you to your transport for the last part of your journey to St Andrews.   St Andrews Direct is an Edinburgh-based taxi company which will be operating a discounted pick-up service from Edinburgh Airport to bring you to St Andrews on 7 & 8 September 2013.  The discounted prices only apply on these two days.  It is recommended that you book in advance with this company as, otherwise, they may not be able to accommodate you (http://www.standrewsdirect.com/).  St Andrews Direct will also transport your family or anyone who is accompanying you.  You can also arrange for them to collect you from another Scottish Airport.  But remember, booking is highly recommended.

If you are due to arrive at the Airport late in the evening, please contact Student Services in advance of your flight so that we can inform your Hall of Residence of your estimated time of arrival (e-mail:- studentservices@st-andrews.ac.uk)

If you are planning to travel by rail arriving at Leuchars Station, again the Airshow will make that route very busy indeed, with luggage space at a premium.  We would urge you to consider, if possible, that you make the journey on Sunday 8 September.   Whatever day you arrive, there will be taxis and buses outside Leuchars Station ready to transport you on the final leg of your journey – to St. Andrews.

Accommodation

If you are being accompanied to the area by members of your family who will require accommodation, it is recommended that this should be booked as early as possible.  For more information on availability, please look at the web pages for Visit Scotland  (www.visitscotland.com ).

We hope that this information will enable you to plan your journey, to understand any possible delays and to know that, once you arrive in St. Andrews, it will all hopefully be worth it.  We look forward to welcoming you to the University.