How will people access your facility?
General access will be by car, bus, bike, canal / towpath and on foot. Wavegarden Scotland will have one vehicular entrance for the public via one main car park off the EICA road. A second vehicular entrance off Wilkeston Road will be reserved for service personnel only.
The main foot/cycle path entrance from Ratho village is located on Hallcroft Park. A number of smaller footpaths do connect to the country park from the Craigpark CALA estate, and we envisage these will primarily be used by CALA estate residents to access the country park.
We will endeavour to encourage and promote sustainable modes of transport to the facility.
Will local bus and transport routes be improved?
We are currently in informal discussions with Lothian Buses to extend the number 20 route and to increase frequency. A minibus loop to all nearby public transport hubs will be provided if this cannot be achieved.
Will this mean increased traffic through Ratho?
No, traffic will be directed via Cliftonhall Road (B7030) by website directions and brown tourist signage.
What parking will be available and what percentage of this is for disabled usage?
The proposed vehicular parking provision consists of 225 cars, 12 of which will be suitable for disabled use, 5 coach and 9 mini-bus parking spaces. 58 cycle parking spaces will also be available.
Will anyone be able to drive into the park?
The pathways will allow for buggy, bike and wheelchair access only. Those who are staying at the lodges or who require it, will be transported by a small fleet of Wavegarden Scotland-owned electric carts. Service vehicles (e.g. delivery/refuse lorries) and vehicles carrying disabled and/or elderly patrons will be allowed to drive down to the hub building for drop-off and collection purposes only.
What are your expected annual visitor numbers?
We anticipate circa 155,000 visitors per annum. For comparison’s sake, the EICA currently attracts circa 240,000 per annum and Surf Snowdonia (currently the UK’s only surf park) attracted 150,000 visitors in 2016.