Road closures to affect Dundee city centre from this Thursday for 12 days

Road closures will affect Dundee for the next 12 days as thousands of visitors prepare to visit the city centre.

Road closures will be in place

Simple Minds, The Pretenders and KT Tunstall will be playing at Slessor Gardens on Sunday, with the grand opening of the V&A a week later.

The Tele has reported full details of the closures associated with the opening of the V&A museum, which includes the 3D Festival headlined by Primal Scream on Friday September 14.

From this Thursday at 6pm, four roads – Earl Grey Place East, Earl Grey Place West, South Crichton Street and South Castle Street – will be closed until 6pm on Monday September 17.

Other roads will be closed Sunday afternoon, with parts of Thomson Avenue and Shore Terrace reopening on Monday at 5am.

The council has issued a full run-down of road closures for this weekend:

For the V&A opening weekend, some roads will be closed from the Friday morning for three days.

South Commercial Street and Riverside Esplanade will be closed from 10am on Friday September 14 until 10pm the following day.

Shore Terrace and Thomson Avenue will face the longest closure, being shut from 2pm on the Friday until 6am on Sunday September 16.

Dock Street from Whitehall Crescent to Commercial Street and including nearby Crichton Street will be shut from 3pm on the Friday until 7pm on the Saturday.

Union Street – from South Marketgait to Yeaman Shore – will also be closed at the same time.

Council leader John Alexander said: “This is our chance to shine and this is our shop window to the world. Dundee is at the centre of unprecedented international attention. With the numbers involved, the closures of both roads is a necessity to ensure the safety of people attending.

“I appreciate that this event will cause travel disruption but we hope people will understand what a momentous event this is for the city of Dundee and for Scotland and why it is necessary to take these measures.”




Signage at the front of the V&A Dundee

It is expected that about 10,000 people will attend the sold-out free concert next Friday.

Primal Scream’s performance will involve a collaboration with contemporary visual artist and former Turner Prize nominee Jim Lambie, which has been commissioned for the opening of the £80 million visitor attraction.

The band will be joined on the bill by singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and Dundee’s own Be Charlotte.

The following day, Slessor Gardens will host a series of free events dedicated to celebrating creative talent from the city.

The Saturday event is free and is not ticketed.

A limited edition of the Beano comic will also be available to those attending the festival.

Organisers expect up to 20,000 people to attend the two-day festival.

Free entry to the museum is ticketed over the opening weekend, due to the high levels of interest.

Tickets were allocated through a ballot system.