Apologies to delayed motorists as LAMMA event arrives in Peterborough

Traffic on the A1 heading into Peterborough on Wednesday morning. Photo: David Lowndes
Traffic on the A1 heading into Peterborough on Wednesday morning. Photo: David Lowndes
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Organisers of a major agricultural show in Peterborough have apologised to motorists who may have been delayed because of traffic heading for the venue on Wednesday (21 January).

It is estimated up to 10,000 vehicles will travel to LAMMA, the UK’s largest farm machinery, equipment and agricultural show, held at the East of England Showground.

But the surge of vehicles on the roads leading to the showground, which is just off the A605 and A1/A1M junction, has meant delays for some drivers.

But Rupert Levy, director of Briefing Media, organisers of the Lamma Show, said: “We have worked extremely hard throughout the last year with the East of England Showground, the Highways Agency, Peterborough City Council and professional traffic management companies to ensure that any traffic problems were kept to an absolute minimum on Wednesday morning.

“We took snapshots of traffic throughout the morning and these show that the volume of traffic around the showground was not significantly worse than during rush hour on a normal Wednesday, with perhaps a little additional congestion around Chesterton and the Al Services.

“The opening of the entrance directly from the southbound A1 (for which we are very grateful to the local authorities) resulted in a significant reduction in traffic when compared to 2014.

“We do regret any delays experienced by local residents and we will be continuing to look at ways of further minimising this further in the future.

“The show, the largest of its kind in the UK, seriously boosts the local economy in terms of hotel and restaurant bookings and brings a lot of money into the city.”

The event concludes today, 22 January.

More about the LAMMA farm machinery, equipment and agricultural services show