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Park and ride plea to air show visitors

PUBLISHED: 14:51 14 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:48 06 July 2010

PARK and ride is the best way to beat the jams!

That was the advice from organisers of the Lowestoft air show today - just over a week ahead of the popular festival.

PARK and ride is the way to beat the jams!

That was the advice from organisers of the Lowestoft air show today - just over a week ahead of the popular festival.

With all main seafront car parks closed and nearby roads coned off next Thursday and Friday, visitors travelling by road are advised to use the park and ride scheme which will be in operation.

Police will be operating a strict tow-away system for any vehicles parked in restricted areas.

To keep traffic delays to a minimum, Suffolk police are advising people who live near the seafront to walk to the festival or take a bus if possible. People able to walk to the park and ride sites may board the shuttle buses for a fee of £2.

Costing £10 per car, the Air Festival park and ride sites are just off the A12 to the north and south of Lowestoft at Dip Farm, Corton, and at the Africa Alive animal adventure park at Kessingland.

Both sites will be open from 8am each day with the first buses leaving at 8.30am. The last return buses will be at 11pm on Thursday, to allow for people wishing to see the fireworks display, and at 8pm on Friday.

A fleet of modern buses owned by Suffolk County Council is being used to run a shuttle service to and from the seafront at ten to 30-minute intervals.

“More buses will be used than last year to hopefully avoid delays, provided that the bascule bridge does not open mid morning,” an air festival spokesman said. “The port authority, ABP, is working closely with the Air Festival and will only open the bridge if a commercial ship needs to pass through.”

Park and walk sites are available at Pakefield Cliffs car park, a short distance from South Beach (for £7 a car) and at Asda's car park on Horn Hill (for £10 a car, which includes a donation to the Air Festival).

Disabled car parking is available at Belvedere Road car park where coaches may also park. There is no parking for disabled cars on the seafront.

There will, however, be a limited wheelchair minibus service from both park and ride sites.

All through traffic is being encouraged to use an alternative route via Oulton Broad. Extra uniformed police and plain clothes officers will be on duty throughout the Air Festival.

For more information visit www.lowestoftairfestival.co.uk

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