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Plans in place for safe and traffic-free Isle of Wight Festival

Wed 12 Jun 2013

Plans in place for safe and traffic-free Isle of Wight Festival

Plans to ensure this year's Isle of Wight Festival is safe and free of traffic problems have been announced by local police.

With the annual event due to begin on Friday (June 14th), thousands of ticket-holders will begin to arrive at the Seaclose Park site near Newport on Thursday.

Chief Superintendent Dave Hardcastle, Hampshire Constabulary's Isle of Wight Festival police commander, said plans have been implemented to "ensure such a large influx and exit of people is handled safely, and with the minimum of impact".

He added that crime levels at the festival have been low for several years, but members of the police force are "never complacent in our focus to disrupt and detect criminals in conjunction with the organisers and their security staff".

Heavy rain caused widespread traffic problems on the Isle of Wight during last year's festival, as some vehicles got stuck in mud when entering the site. This year, a new traffic management plan has been drawn up by the Isle of Wight Council to minimise congestion on the roads.

The festival organisers have also made improvements to the car park entrances in a bid to keep traffic flowing freely, while AA traffic marshals will help to direct vehicles. Nevertheless, road users have been advised to allow more time for their journeys while the festival is taking place.

"We have all learned lessons from last year's experiences with weather and traffic, which have led to our plans with promoters and partner agencies being reviewed and revised thoroughly," said Chief Superintendent Hardcastle.

Chart-topping acts such as Bon Jovi, The Killers, Example, Paul Weller and The Stone Roses are due to perform at the festival, which runs for three days.

Organiser John Giddings recently told NME that he is "excited" about the major improvements that have been made to the site, which should ensure there will be no repeat of last year's events if bad weather strikes again.ADNFCR-3083-ID-801598116-ADNFCR

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