Roads around AECC affected for Offshore Europe event

A number of Aberdeen roads will have traffic orders imposed from tomorrow to gear up for a major oil industry conference.

More than 50,000 people are expected to attend Offshore Europe next week.

The biennial exhibition returns to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) from Tuesday to Friday.

Traffic orders will be in place from tomorrow to gear up for the event, including no right turns on Ellon Road into Links Road and Hutcheon Gardens and a one way system being in place on Claymore Drive and Exploration Drive.

The oil industry conference is regularly attended by delegates across the world and generated more than £53 million for the local economy in 2015.

However, this is the last year it will be staged at the current AECC venue in Bridge of Don.

It is expected the new conference centre, currently being built near Aberdeen International Airport, will be open in time for the September 2019 event.

Councillor John Reynolds, who represents Bridge of Don, urged residents to allow more time for their journeys during the event.

He said: “There is no doubt Offshore Europe slows down traffic in Bridge of Don.

“There is a lot more traffic coming and going to the conference which residents will all be too familiar with.

“What I have seen over the years is that people who are aware of the event give themselves more time for journeys.

“People who are new to the community might not be aware of how busy it can get so I would urge them to allow more times for their journeys.

“It can be really busy with people trying to get to and from work during Offshore Europe, however, it is positive news we only have one year left to deal with this.

“It is expected this will be the last time it will be held at the current AECC.”

A total of 55,947 people were in attendance from more than 100 countries in 2015, with 5,000 people attending the conference’s plenary session, 11 keynote sessions, 80 technical paper presentations, lunches and breakfast briefings.

More than 1,500 organisations from 44 countries also exhibited, including 336 firms for the first time.