Traffic problems for airshow

PUBLISHED: 16:36 06 September 2010

A packed crowd at the Battle of Britain Air Show

A packed crowd at the Battle of Britain Air Show

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BOSSES in charge of a Battle of Britain 70th anniversary airshow have apologised to ticket holders who were turned away due to traffic problems around Crow Country, meaning the site reached capacity by 12.30pm on Saturday.

Imperial War Museum Duxford saw more than 40,000 visitors at their Battle of Britain celebration, but the turnout on Saturday meant the gates had to be closed early, leaving many with pre-booked tickets unable to attend.

The A505 which runs past Royston and onto Duxford from the west, had traffic problems for most of the morning and the afternoon.

Organisers at the event offered those with Saturday tickets the chance to attend Sunday’s show, and a refund to those who could not make use of the offer.

A spokesman for the museum said: “Due to unprecedented attendance at the air show on Saturday 4 September, the museum’s car parks reached capacity and the gates were closed to further vehicles.

“The Museum wishes to apologise for any inconvenience caused and thanks its visitors for their patience and support.”

Drawing on the positives from the day, the spokesman said the number of visitors reflects the public support and significance of the Battle of Britain anniversary. The Imperial War Museum hosts four airshows each year and is renowned across the country for its events.

The spokesman said this airshow had been organised using all the experience gained from past events, as well as working closely with Cambridgeshire police and the county council.

Those who did make it into the event witnessed a commemoration of the aerial battle that proved the strategic turning point in the Second World War, both on the ground and in the air.

Performances from the Red Arrows and World War two aircraft were part of the show at the legendary airfield

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