Early take off advised to see Red Arrows
PUBLISHED: 11:28 23 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:29 23 July 2013
Thousands expected in Lyme Regis to watch the world famous RAF display team in action on Friday
GET to Lyme Regis early to avoid missing the Red Arrows.
That is the message from Lyme Regis Town Council ahead of the aerobatic display on Friday (July 26) as part of Lifeboat Week.
Thousands of people are expected to flock to the resort to watch the Red Arrows at midday, followed by the RAF Falcons parachute display team at 3.30pm.
The council is expecting high volumes of traffic into the town and will put measures in place to help direct vehicles and ease congestion.
The authority is anticipating the town centre’s car parks to be full at least two hours before the display, but there will be additional parking available on the outskirts of Lyme, particularly off Charmouth Road.
There will be over 2,300 parking spaces available in and around the town, with the western car parks expected to be full first.
Chairman of the town management committee, Chris Clipson said: “Get here early – don’t be disappointed.
“With parking limited, we are expecting high volumes of vehicles to fill the town centre’s car parks by 10am.
“Other options will be available, including park and ride at Sidmouth Road and Charmouth Road, and the football club.
“We will also be opening the gates at Strawberry Fields as a free park and walk.
“Enforcement officers will be stepping up patrols around the town and in residential areas to ensure vehicles are parked safely and legally, and to advise visitors where to park.
“Our priority is to ensure that no-one misses out on seeing the brilliant Red Arrows display by managing traffic flow and parking throughout the town for the benefit of residents and visitors.”
Sidmouth Road park and ride will provide 220 spaces, and a further 350 spaces will be available at Charmouth Road park and ride, with both open from 10am to 6pm.
Strawberry Fields, off Charmouth Road, will be open as a park and walk for the first time, offering around 400 free spaces between 9am and 6pm.
Lyme Regis Football Club will accommodate up to 250 cars on the Davey Fort pitch.
Coun Anita Williams, chairman of the planning and highways committee, said: “I’m pleased that Lyme Regis Town Council has been able to assist the football club in providing additional car parking.
“We are pleased to be able to open Strawberry Fields to provide overflow parking to try to alleviate some of the congestion within the town.”
Town council staff will be redeployed to help with traffic flow and communications, re-directing people and giving them advice.
Signs will indicate when car parks are full and divert traffic to alternative locations where capacity remains.
The town council has also been assured by West Dorset District Council’s phase 4 engineers that there will be no heavy lorries travelling from the Charmouth Road car park compound to Cobb Gate after 10am on Friday.
Detailed traffic and parking information will be provided on the town council’s website, on lymeregis.org, and the dorsetforyou website.
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