Bid to ease county show traffic jams

Slow moving traffic making entry to the Royal Norfolk Show 2012 slow going. Traffic on the A47 viewe

Slow moving traffic making entry to the Royal Norfolk Show 2012 slow going. Traffic on the A47 viewed from the Watton Road. Photo: Steve Adams

Organisers of this year's Royal Norfolk Show (RNS) are looking at the possibility of introducing a one-way system to one of the showground car parks as a way of reducing traffic congestion during the two-day event.

Royal Norfolk Show 2012. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Royal Norfolk Show 2012. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: © ARCHANT NORFOLK PHOTOGRAPHIC

Traffic management is an annual problem for the show team, with around 45,000 people heading to the event on each day, in an average of 7,000 vehicles.

Slow moving traffic making entry to the Royal Norfolk Show 2012 slow going. Traffic on the A47 viewe

Slow moving traffic making entry to the Royal Norfolk Show 2012 slow going. Traffic on the A47 viewed from the Watton Road. Photo: Steve Adams

A spokesman for the RNS said that most people aimed to get to the event between 9am and 10am and that was the main problem.

'So many cars going to the same place at the same time is always going to slow us down with an increase in volume,' he said. 'So the main objective is to find ways of speeding that up.'

The proposal could see the closure of the park and ride car park on Long Lane so that two lanes of traffic could use the road from the A47 to get round to the Bawburgh gate car park.


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He said talks were being held with Norfolk County Council, the highways department and Norfolk Police to come up with a strategy.

But he added that however meticulously traffic management was planned it was almost impossible to plan for accidents.

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'We can make arrangements for traffic to be diverted if roads are suddenly closed but if there is an accident it will slow things up and it will have a huge knock-on effect.

'Much of it will depend on the traffic and also the weather on the day.

'The one-way system is just one of the ideas being discussed at the moment but we are exploring lots of options.

'We don't have the definitive answer just yet.

'Once a decision has been made the focus will be on getting that information out to the public.'

Other ideas put forward include an e-ticketing system where visitors could buy tickets online and print them off themselves to speed up their entry through the gates.

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