V&A Dundee Road Closures and Diversions

The opening weekend celebrations for V&A Dundee, including the 3D Festival, will involve the closure of both Thomson Avenue and Riverside Esplanade, to the north and south of Slessor Gardens.

  • Riverside Esplanade will be closed for its entire length from 10am on Friday September 14 to 10pm on Saturday September. 15
  • Thomson Avenue will be closed from 2pm on Friday September 14 to 6am on Sunday September 16

Other road closures will also be in effect (see map).

Significant travel delays will result for motorists and public transport passengers when these major eastbound and westbound routes through the city centre are closed.

The closures will be in place to ensure public safety during this event.

Diversions will be in place around the city centre ring road. (see map).

Local bus companies will also be highlighting the impact on services and the temporary relocation of bus stops.

Public transport information is available at www.dundeetravelinfo.com

This is a significant moment for Dundee. The opening of V&A Dundee is receiving international attention and tens of thousands of people will take part in the opening weekend.

We would ask people to adopt a flexible approach to transport, plan their journeys in advance and use public transport, or walk, wherever possible.

People who work in the city centre should take the closures into account. There are also likely to be knock-on delays for those travelling across the Tay Road Bridge in both directions.

Dundee City Council leader Councillor John Alexander said: “The weekend represents an exceptional opportunity for the city to celebrate the opening of Scotland’s first museum of design, housed in an £80 million building design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma.

“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.

“There is an international spotlight shining on Dundee as this magnificent museum opens. There has been a massive demand for tickets for the opening weekend and for the 3D Festival.

“With the numbers involved, the closures of both roads is a necessity to ensure the safety of people attending the opening and the 3D Festival.

“This is our chance to shine and this is our shop window to the world. Dundee is at the centre of unprecedented international attention.

“We want to maximise that going forward so that the entire city can benefit from the economic impact that flows from hundreds of thousands of visitors coming here.

“In the long term this two day road closure will be worth it. I would like to thank people for their patience and hope that they enjoy this great weekend for Dundee.”

Download the road diversions/closures PDF

V&A Dundee