Your guide to Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival travel options
EXTRA trains, increased car parking and numerous direction signs are all being set up to help spectators get to next weekend's Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival more easily.
A new Air Festival car park has been set up at Riverside Road, opposite Lings Honda garage, to supplement others at Dip Farm in Corton, at Kirkley and Pakefield FC headquarters at Walmer Road, on the grassed area of Pakefield Cliffs – accessed from Pakefield Street – and at part of the ASDA site in Hornhill.
All official air festival parking costs �10 per car with Dip Farm operating a park and ride service – which includes a free return shuttle bus service – while the other four sites operate park and walk.
The three main seafront car parks will be closed leading up to and during the weekend to allow the staging of the event.
Air Festival managing director Paul Bayfield said: 'Over the years we have developed a traffic management plan in conjunction with the rail operators, the police and Suffolk County Council highways department. The aim of the plan is to ensure the safety of all those involved in the Air Festival, to facilitate the free flow of traffic not involved in the Air Festival, to facilitate the free flow of traffic and pedestrians attending the Air Festival and to provide assistance to the emergency services with traffic management in the event of an incident.'
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Mr Bayfield added: 'Limited parking for disability/blue badge holders is available at Belvedere Road on a first come, first served basis. Standard Waveney District Council parking charges will apply.'
Certain streets in south Lowestoft will be coned and temporarily become no waiting areas. These will be enforced from 8am to 8pm on the two days of the airshow but motorists will be able to park overnight – except for the coned area of Kirkley Cliff Road.
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A strict tow away system for vehicles parked in restricted areas will be enforced.
Greater Anglia is providing extra train services and additional carriages between Norwich and Lowestoft for visitors to the airshow. In addition to the scheduled services, extra trains will run at the following times next Saturday – 9.28am, 9.50, 10.25, 11.25 and 11.50 Norwich to Lowestoft and 4.15pm, 5.45pm and 6.20pm Lowestoft to Norwich.
Extra trains will run at the following times next Sunday – 9.30am, 10am, 10.06, 10.40, 11.25 and 11.49 Norwich to Lowestoft and 3.40pm, 4.52pm, 5.35pm, 6.15pm and 6.52pm Lowestoft to Norwich.
Train services on the East Suffolk line between Ipswich and Lowestoft will run as per the scheduled timetable, with the following additional services running next Sunday – 8.32am Woodbridge to Lowestoft and 5.30pm Lowestoft to Ipswich.