A PRIVATE company has been appointed to draw up traffic management plans for Ayr's 'Festival of Flight' event in September.

Heavy traffic is expected in and around the town on the weekend of September 8, 9 and 10 for the town's first air show since 2018.

Apex Traffic Management has been asked to create 'park and ride' and 'park and walk' options for people travelling to the event - branded the International Ayr Show Festival of Flight - in a bid to ease congestion and delays in Ayr town centre.

The company will also be responsible for overseeing all traffic management before and during the event, including setting up traffic controls and putting car park signs in place.


Iain Griffin, Apex's general manager, said: “The Apex Traffic Management team are looking forward to working alongside South Ayrshire Council and all their partners on this prestigious event.

"Our events team, guided by Willie Reilly, have been working on a new dynamic park and ride as well as a new park and walk strategy to ease congestion and delays around Ayr town centre and surrounding areas.” 

Council Alec Clark, South Ayrshire Council's portfolio holder for tourism, culture and rural affairs, said: “I’d like to welcome Apex Traffic Management on board as part of the event operational team for The International Ayr Show – Festival of Flight.  

"We want people to be able to travel to the air show with ease and Apex are the right team to make sure this happens.”  

Councillor Brian Connolly, the authority's portfolio holder for sport and leisure, said: “With the amount of traffic we’re expecting to come through Ayr during the air show weekend, we need to prioritise everyone’s safety while travelling. 

"I’m pleased to have Apex Traffic Management join us and know they’ll do a stellar job in advance of and during the festival.” 

More information about the festival is available at www.ayrshow.co.uk.