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Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

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Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

DISABLED ACCESS.

I am looking forward to the tattoo and taking my wheelchair bound dad to see this spectacle. However, the information about uplifting a disabled person from the Esplanade is very very sadly lacking...a disgrace almost! All the infor I can find on the net (and from the Tattoo`s own website), simply says to "return on instruction of the Police" !!!

I am sorry but my telepathy and ESP is sadly lacking these days...lol

I have looked up the road closure information for Edinburgh Council and see what roads are closed for the tattoo. Thats fair enough, they have been doing it for years.

My query is that I will be parking at the Castle Terrace car park. I have my Disabled Pass for the tattoo for that day.

Is it a case of approaching from the Grassmarket area 30 minutes after the end of the event, driving up to the George the somethingth bridge at Lawnmarket/High Street, and waiting in the line of traffic for the police to open a barrier or something?

As I say the return bit to pick up a disabled person is very sadly missing, and I would be obliged if anyone can confirm that this is the correct route to return to the Esplanade?

Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Unfortunately I think it all depends on how quickly the crowds disperse from the Tattoo. For safety reasons the streets around the Castle are closed with only authorised vehicles allowed as this enables spectators / Tattoo performers and staff easy access and eagress. Although the shortest route to the Castle is via the Lawnmarket that always seems the most awkward to access, as the temporary road closure barriers are close to the junction with George IV Bridge and stopping to gain access is quite scary with no place to wait in a vehicle. After the crowds have dispersed (which is normally 30 minutes after the Tattoo finishes) I have seen a number of cars being allowed into Johnston Terrace from the junction with Castle Terrace and then driving up towards the castle in order to pick up disabled people. I am sure that the General Tattoo office (not ticket Office) in Market Street will be able to give you information on such matters.

Edited: 15 August 2013, 20:00
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2. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Thanks for that. The information I received via the disabled pass says that access to the Espanade will be granted to passholders 30 minutes after the end of the event. The pass, nor anything else I can find (Tattoo Office included) explains how to get to the Esplanade, other than "follow the advice of the Police.

I take it this means that at the end of the event, I have to find a police officer and ask them how to get back to the Esplanade from Castle Terrace where I would be parked. Seems a bit late in the day to try and obtain this info, yet, as I say, there is nothing about this anywhere.

I was hoping that at least someone on this forum may have had the experience of picking someone up from the Esplanande after the tattoo whilst in possession of the official disabled pass.

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3. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Reading your post again travelhostess, its interesting thsat Johnston Terrace can be opened to vehicles picking up disabled from the venue. I am presuming that the "ask the Police" bit is when a disabled person can be dropped off at the venue 100 minutes before the event. In my case, I am parking in the afternoon, having dropped off my father at the Hub, hence I won`t be in a position to ask the police that are supervising drop off what happens after the event.

If they do open Johnston Tce (which I thought was totally prohibited to all vehicles other than coaches (as per the Council instruction), it would certainly be easier than going round by the George VI bridge.

If I could get a definitive answer from somwhere i would be happy!

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4. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Hi there,

I worked at the tattoo in 2010 as part of the security detail.

What to do is head to George the forth bridge, from there the convoy for disabled persons gathers and heads into the stadium escorted by the police.

After the show, collect your car and head back to George the fourth bridge and do the same again. The reason you wait for police orders is that there is about 20,000 people in the tiny area around the car park before, during and after the show. On a Saturday there is a double show, so about 40,000 people.

Do ask anyone with a high vis jacket. They will be more than happy to help.

Generally, once the main body of the crowd has dispersed you will be taken up in convoy. :)

I was stationed on Johnston terrace and no vehicles are allowed up that road at all until 45 mins after the show as the is for the performers and military personal only.

Enjoy the show! It's a great one the year!!

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5. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

You are correct, when Johnston Terrace is not shut for the Tattoo access is only available to buses, taxis and cyclists. You have to go by George IV Bridge. Personally I'd go the long way round, Lauriston Place, Forrest Road and then George IV Bridge rather than trying to go up Victoria Street. It is very difficult to turn left because of all the traffic on George IV Bridge. The Lawnmarket is blocked by barriers and police officers, when they taken them down and it will be about 30 minutes after the performance you can drive to Castlehill where you will be directed up to The Esplanade.

If the barriers have not been removed you will not be able to stop there or join any sort of queue, the police will not allow you stop anywhere near that junction.

Edited: 15 August 2013, 22:37
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6. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Thanks for that the tattoo disabled sticker I have says 30 minutes after the end of the show I have to return but does not say to where.

I take it that 30 minutes after the end it would be ok to queue on the bridge? I would not want to be diverted elsewhere as I would probably get lost and obviously dont want to leave my fathet waiting.

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7. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Parking on George IV Bridge and Chambers Street is very retricted because this is another area used by coaches dropping people at the tattoo, therefore another area you probably can't park in. It too is under the control of police and stewards, though George IV Bridge remains open to through traffic unlike Johnston Terrace.

Parking centrally is a nightmare - though there are many 'disabled' parking bays where you should be able to park safely if you have a proper disabled badge (as opposed to a tattoo badge)

I'm sure the tattoo office deals with disabled people pretty much every single night, and I think your best bet is to contact them directly - you can do that by telephone.

If you have instructions to await instructions from the police, and you have a sticker, then you need to know:

where and when to queue

and where is best to put the car.

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8. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

The whole of George IV Bridge is coned for no parking, you might get away with stopping for a few minutes before the Central Library but I wouldn't bet on it. You will certainly not be able to stop any closer than that. At that time of night the junction from George IV Bridge to Bank Street is narrowed by cones to a single lane to force a no right turn towards High Street.

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9. Re: Edinburgh Tattoo 2013 - Picking up Disabled person

Thanks to all. I now have the appropriate advice from a rather snippy lady at the Tattoo office!

Basically if you are not dropping off a disabled person at the event (ie parking elsewhere beforehand to enjoy the other facilities in the Castle area), you don`t get the disabled pass. (I had to give mines up when I told snippy lady that I was parking, on advice from the Tattoo office, I may add, at Castle Terrace car park.

Apparently, 40 to 50 minutes after the end of the event, the barriers at Lawnmarket will be lifted to allow vehicles onto the Esplanade to pick up disabled persons, and it is up to you to negotiate your own way to this point from the likes of Castle Terrace, bearing in mind diversions, busy traffic and road closures.

If only all this was explained via the Tattoo website instead of the basic, unhelpful info which requires a bit of telepathy, I would not have had to ask on here !

Thanks to all that have contributed, your advice has been really helpful.

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