Big event planning

What we do to keep Edinburgh moving

Ever wondered how much work goes into organising the transport for a big event in Edinburgh?

This weekend, Scotland take on Italy in the their final game of this years RBS 6 Nations.

With almost 60,000 people expected to be travelling to Murrayfield, Lothian Buses have to start planning for events such as these months in advance.

We play a large part in planning meetings with the event organisers, Police Scotland and the City of Edinburgh Council to make sure Edinburgh is ready for a huge influx of people.  There are also diversions to plan, buses to organise, staff rotas to organise and communications to send out.

There is a lot for us to organise in the weeks leading up to events but it's on the day that everyone steps up to make it all work.

Around forty extra staff are on duty for four hours before and after the game. 

We have:

  • Extra drivers and buses to ensure everyone can get to the game on time and those that are not going to Murrayfield still get to their destinations on time.
  • We operate a special rugby service, X12 to bring supporters in to Murrayfield from Ingliston Park & Ride.
  • Ticket sellers on Princes Street and at Park & Ride sites to ensure speedy boarding for passengers
  • Street teams out helping people with their travel questions and to help them get on the right buses
  • Extra staff in our control room to ensure all the buses in Edinburgh keep moving
  • A direct link to the Police Scotland Multi agency control room.

With more and more large events and festivals taking place in Edinburgh all the time, we do all we can to make sure visitors and our regular passengers keep moving, no matter what is going on the City.

Posted on: Tue, March 14, 2017 at 12:24
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