SPECTATORS travelling to Scotland’s top ladies golfing event are being encouraged to ditch the car for public transport.

The Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open tees off at The Renaissance Club today (Thursday).

On-site parking is included at the course, near Dirleton, but spectators can take advantage of a free shuttle bus to and from North Berwick’s railway station on Saturday and Sunday.

Entry to the event is free of charge, with Ariya Jutanugarn hoping to retain the title she won at Gullane Golf Club 12 months ago.

Traffic restrictions will also be in place, with stopping restrictions at the junction of The Gardens and the A6137 in Aberlady.

There will also be stopping restrictions in Longniddry: A198 from Kitchener Crescent to Wemyss Terrace and then on to the Longniddry-Drem Road on east, north and south sides to ensure smooth traffic flow

In Dirleton, there will be stopping restrictions to ensure clear passage for emergency vehicles on the John Muir Way.

There will also be stopping restrictions in North Berwick at the rear of the railway station, on Dirleton Avenue, Links Road, May Terrace, Ware Road and Ibris Place to ensure clear passage for the free public shuttle bus.

Finally, there will be a temporary 30 miles per hour speed limit on the A198 between Gullane and Dirleton.

Provost John McMillan, East Lothian Council spokesman for economic development and tourism, was hoping for a good turnout at the course.

He said: “Our sustainable transport plan for spectators worked extremely well last time we hosted the event so I hope many people will once again take advantage of the very convenient options available and choose to leave the car at home.

“These options also give visitors the chance to linger in North Berwick, Gullane and elsewhere in East Lothian and enjoy a warm local welcome and sample some of the local hospitality.”

See pages 15 and 56 for more on the Scottish Ladies Open.