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Drivers advised to plan journeys ahead of tomorrow’s Badminton Horse Trials

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Drivers travelling on the M4 and A46 Bath Road are advised to plan their journeys ahead of next week’s Badminton Horse Trials.

The prestigious equestrian event, which starts on Wednesday, 8 May, and runs until Sunday, 12 May, attracts the world’s premier eventers to the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House grounds in South Gloucestershire, and with it, some 170,000 visitors over the five days.

With junction 18 of the M4 and the A46 near Tormarton likely to see higher traffic volumes, National Highways is reminding people making their way to the event and motorists travelling around the location to plan ahead.

Kathryn Wiltshire, South West Network Planner for National Highways, said: “The road network is likely to see higher traffic volumes as a result of the Badminton event, particularly around M4 junction 18 and the A46 to the south of the junction.

“The Cross Country event on the Saturday is particularly popular and for anyone travelling in the area through the week we’d like to remind people that narrow lanes and a contraflow are in place on the M5 Almondsbury interchange.

“Our aim is to keep the National Highways network running while keeping all road users safe and informed, and we’re advising all drivers to check our traffic and travel information channels, to plan ahead and allow plenty of time for their journeys.”

In the meantime, drivers can obtain up-to-the-minute travel information on local radio, via Twitter @HighwaysSWEST, by phoning the National Highways Information Line on 0300 123 5000 or by accessing the website: www.trafficengland.com

And for anyone wanting more details on the 75th anniversary event, log on to https://www.badminton-horse.co.uk/

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