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Isle of Wight Festival traffic contingency plans published

Ambulance being towed through the mud at the Isle of Wight Festival
Image caption More than 100 four-wheel drive vehicles were drafted in to help drivers leave the site in 2012

Contingency plans aimed at avoiding a repeat of the travel chaos at the Isle of Wight Festival have been published.

Heavy rain at the 2012 event left the main car park waterlogged and hundreds of cars were unable to enter the Seaclose Park site in Newport.

Among the Isle of Wight Council plans are alternative parking sites and dedicated "traffic spotters" at known pinch-points to report problems.

The authority said the plans had "flexibility to keep traffic moving".

Festival organisers Solo have already announced new arrangements for festival goers travelling between the ferry ports and the festival site .

Promoter John Giddings has pledged to double the amount of parking spaces, as well as asphalt surfaced routes on the entrances to the festival venue.

'Variety of scenarios'

Stuart Love, strategic director at Isle of Wight Council, said: "If the worst does happen we are ready to put our alternative traffic plans into place.

"The arrangements we have give us the flexibility to keep traffic moving and to get large numbers of vehicles off the road network in a wide variety of scenarios."

He appealed to local residents to avoid the routes to and from the festival on the days before and after the event.

Heavy rain caused problems at the entrances to the site in 2012. Subsequent traffic queues meant ferries became stranded in the Solent because they were unable to unload any more vehicles.

Queues of cars stretched to the ferry port at Fishbourne and many people were forced to spend the night in their vehicles.

Acts performing at this year's festival, which runs from 13 to 16 June, include Paul Weller, Emeli Sande, Jake Bugg, and Blondie.

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