Tatton Show traffic bulletin update

July 24th, 2013

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The Highways Agency is reminding drivers using the M56, A556 and M6 in Cheshire that the annual RHS Tatton Show is taking place over four days from tomorrow (Thursday 25 July).

Drivers travelling through the area or to the show itself are being urged to plan ahead and check traffic conditions before setting out.

Although the Highways Agency is not anticipating major traffic issues it is likely that many drivers heading to the show will use the M56, A556 and M6 during part of their journeys to the event at Tatton Park, near Knutsford.

Some congestion around junctions 19 and 20 of the M6 and junction 7 of the M56 is possible at times throughout the event. Highways Agency traffic officers at the North West Regional regional control centre will be setting signs before and during the event to give advice to drivers and the motorway routes will be supervised by on road patrols from the outstation at Knutsford.

It is also advising drivers heading to the show to stick to any signed routes to minimise the chance of delays.

The Royal Horticultural Society’s website – www.rhs.org.uk – features full information about the show including public transport options and advice for drivers. The show is open between 10am and 6.30pm each day except on Sunday when it closes at 5pm.

The Highways Agency provides live traffic information via its website www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as the iPhone. Local Twitter services are also available at @HAtraffic_nwest and @HAtraffic_pen9 for Transpennine routes.

Providing they can do so safely, road users can also call the Highways Agency Information Line (0300 123 5000) to keep up to date with road conditions.

Further information:

 Real-time traffic information for England’s motorways and other strategic roads is available:
– From the web at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or http://m.highways.gov.uk if using a phone or mobile device.
Before using any mobile, find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.
– By phone from the Highways Agency’s Information Line on 0300 123 5000 (Calls to 0300 numbers will cost no more than 5p per minute from a standard BT residential landline. Call charges from other landlines and mobile networks may vary, but will be no more than a standard geographic call and will be included in all inclusive minutes and discount schemes).
– Before using any mobile find a safe place to park. Never stop on the hard shoulder of a motorway except in an emergency. Make sure it’s safe and legal before you call.
– From Twitter on one of eight separate feeds with live traffic information for each region. For information on roads in the North West follow us at @HAtraffic_nwest @HAtraffic_pen9 (for Transpennine routes). For the full index visit www.highways.gov.uk/twitter.

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