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Traffic warning as thousands set to head for Cosford Air Show

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Motorists are being warned about possible delays as thousands of people descend on tomorrow's RAF Cosford Air Show.

Event organisers hope a new plan to help manage traffic, which was put in place last year, will keep delays to a minimum.

Traditionally roads near the air base and rail services passing through Cosford are affected by the volume of people attending the air show.

  • Anyone who is travelling to the airfield is advised to tune in to Radio Cosford on 87.9FM for up to date traffic and travel information.

Chief Inspector Tom Harding from West Mercia Police said: "The high volume of people and vehicles travelling to the airfield on Sunday will undoubtedly cause some congestion and delays.

"However we will be working in conjunction with RAF Cosford to ensure traffic is kept moving as smoothly as possible.

"We'd like to ask those coming to the show and driving through the area on Sunday to be patient, work with us and stay safe.

"We have our fingers crossed for good weather and hope it will be a great day out for everyone."

Stacey Mellor, spokeswoman for RAF Cosford, said: "RAF Cosford is working in conjunction with the police and Highways England to ensure an effective traffic management system to and from this year's air show.

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"People can get up to date information from Radio Cosford and via Twitter and Facebook."

Some of the aircraft confirmed for this year's show include the world famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatic display team, the Avro Vulcan bomber, powerful jet fighters such as the Swiss Hornet.

A range of World War Two warbirds such as the P-51D Mustang, Chinook, Puma and Lynx helicopters as well as a range of search and rescue aircrafts.

This year will be the first event to be strictly ticket only meaning no tickets will be available at the entrance on the day.

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Tickets for the event have now sold out, apart from combined rail and entry tickets which must be purchased in advance from any manned train stations.

Visitors are reminded not to travel to the show unless they hold a valid pre-paid ticket in order to reduce the number of vehicles travelling through Shropshire.

A range of helpful hints and tips on keeping yourself safe at, and on the way to, events and festivals this summer is available on the West Mercia Police website - visit www.westmercia.police.uk/article/8942/Festivals-and-events-safety

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