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Police Warn Of Travel Disruption


8:28am 24th August 2012

With three major events taking place in the county next weekend, Dorset Police are warning motorists about possible travel disruption.

Dorset County Show, the Great Dorset Steam Fair and Bournemouth Air Festival are all taking place.

Superintendent Mick Rogers said: "We have been planning for what is set to be a busy weekend well in advance.

"We have been working alongside local authorities, the Highways Agency and event organisers to ensure that everything runs smoothly.

"We have additional resources in the right locations and contingency plans at the ready.

"It is inevitable that congestion will occur during this busy period and members of the public can take simple steps to make sure they get the most out of these spectacular events."

The advice is: plan ahead - allowing extra time for journeys; listen for traffic announcements on the radio or check your route online before you travel; and make sure you take plenty of water to drink in the car if you find yourself waiting in traffic, especially in hot weather.

Superintendent Rogers added: "Members of the public should be particularly aware of the potential for Steam Fair traffic on the A354 and the Blandford ring-road from Wednesday 29 August until Sunday 2 September daily between 9am and 11am."

Events taking place between 29 August and 2 September include:
-    Great Dorset Steam Fair - Tarrant Hinton, near Blandford Forum (29 August - 2 September)
-    Bournemouth Air Festival - Bournemouth (30 August - 2 September)
-    End of the Road Festival - Dorset/Wiltshire border (31 August - 2 September)
-    Dorset County Show - Dorchester (1 and 2 September)

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