RAF Leuchars Airshow: Motorists must use park and ride sites

Vulcan Vulcan XH558, "the Spirit of Great Britain", was the first Vulcan B.Mk2 to be delivered to the RAF in 1960 and is now the oldest complete Vulcan in the world

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Motorists who drive to this year's RAF Leuchars Airshow without using the park and ride sites will be turned away, Fife Constabulary has warned.

Drivers must use one of three park and ride systems to access the annual show, which attracts 35,000 people each year.

Only motorists who have pre-paid for on-base parking along with blue badge holders and motorcyclists will be able to travel directly to RAF Leuchars.

There were huge delays and tailbacks to reach the event in 2009 and 2010.

However, the park and ride scheme that was introduced in 2011 was hailed a success. More people travelling by train also helped free up roads to the event.

The last airworthy Vulcan bomber is among the highlights of this year's show. It will join the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Red Arrows, the Chinook Display Team and the Leuchars-based Typhoon Display Team will also be at the show.

The delta wing aircraft from the Cold War era will commemorate the Queen's Jubilee year and the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Vulcan.

Red Arrows display. Photo by Chloe and Abbey Charlton The Red Arrows will also display at the event

The RAF Leuchars Jubilee airshow is on Saturday.

The Vulcan will fly at the event, powered by its Rolls Royce Olympus engines which make a "distinctive" roar.

Ch Insp Adrian Annandale, of Fife Constabulary, said: "The Leuchars Air Show attracts more than 35,000 people, most travelling by road.

"This large number of people places considerable strain on the roads within North East Fife and causes the potential for delays."

An RAF Leuchars Airshow spokesman: "In 2011, in collaboration with Fife Constabulary and Traffic Scotland, we used a robust traffic management plan that worked effectively and which we are using again this year.

"The plan is based around three park and ride sites.

"Only those motorists who have pre-paid for on-base parking along with blue badge holders and motorcyclists will be able to travel directly to RAF Leuchars.

"Now that the online facility to pre-pay for on-base parking has closed, we ask all other motorists to make use of the park and ride facilities to ensure that everyone gets to the airshow as swiftly and safely as possible."

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