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Isle of Wight Festival organiser to avoid traffic problems

Mon 26 Nov 2012

Isle of Wight Festival organiser to avoid traffic problems

John Giddings, the organiser behind the Isle of Wight festival, has followed up on last week's regulatory committee decision to give the popular event the green light for 2013 by pledging that careful planning and investment will help avoid the traffic problems that occurred this year.

He described himself as extremely sorry for what occurred, pointing out that torrential rain had helped contribute to the traffic flow issues, reports the Southern Daily Echo.

Mr Giddings told the hearing that a group of organisers have spent £200,000 on preparing a brand new traffic plan in order to avoid a repeat of the problems.

The tribunal came about after aerospace business GKN, which claims it lost £55,000 in the chaos, asked the council to ban the festival from happening in 2013 because of its negative impact on their business.

New operations manager for organisers Solo, David Steele, added that the organisation has "redesigned the whole process" in the build-up to next year's event.

"There's a significant amount of investment that's going into this," he added.

One way in which further problems will be avoided is the development of a new car park in the area, with a 25-acre field being converted into a site with four entrances and six lanes in order to help attendees find a spot more quickly.

"What we're trying to do is make this event successful over a long period of time ... This event has put the Isle of Wight back on the map in terms of being a famous music destination," Mr Giddings pointed out.

The Highways Agency and the police examined the plans put forward by the event organisers and declared that they appear to be fir for purpose.

Solo have also urged local authorities not to place a limit on the number of people attending the festival, which attracted 55,000 ticketholders in 2012.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801495034-ADNFCR

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