Bournemouth aims to avoid weekend traffic jam repeat

Traffic at Richmond Hill roundabout on the A338
Image caption At one stage last Sunday, queues stretched 10 miles from the Ashley Heath roundabout

New travel alerts and extra traffic wardens will be in place in Bournemouth this weekend after the resort was hit by 10-mile jams last Sunday.

A crash on the A338, combined with a rise in the number of visitors, brought vehicles to a standstill for several hours as they left the town.

With more good weather forecast and several events planned, the council has put new travel measures in place.

These include more wardens to ensure traffic "flows smoothly".

Road signs and a new electronic messaging sign at beach offices will alert people to traffic congestion.

More information at parking areas along the seafront and in the town will give people the chance to plan the best time to leave.

Regular updates will also be put on Bournemouth council's Facebook and Twitter pages.

Mark Smith, service director for tourism at the council, said: "Bournemouth is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the country.

"We want to ensure we are providing them the best service we can."

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