Traffic warning ahead of Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Traffic backed up on Water Street as people leave the 2008 Burghley Horse Trials on Thursday - Jonathan'SM-S090408_093js

Traffic backed up on Water Street as people leave the 2008 Burghley Horse Trials on Thursday - Jonathan'SM-S090408_093js

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Drivers have been urged to plan their journeys ahead of time while the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials take place.

The four-day equestrian event at Burghley House near Stamford begins this Thursday, September 3, and runs to Sunday, September 6. The best horses and riders from around the world will take part in a variety of competitions from show jumping to cross country.

The A1, which is the major road to access the event, will be busier than normal during the weekend, with high numbers of travelling spectators. The A1 exit slip roads in either or both directions at Stamford (Carpenter’s Lodge) may need to close for safety if and when traffic flows reach a peak. The closures could happen at any time between 7am and midday, and 2pm and 8pm. They would be lifted as soon as traffic flows return to lower levels.

During the closures, northbound traffic wishing to exit the A1 at Stamford would be diverted via the A606 and A6121. Southbound traffic would be diverted via Barnack Drift and the B1443.

In addition, lanes in both directions may also need to be closed at and around the junction at the end of each day if traffic flows are high, to allow unrestricted access for traffic wishing to join the A1.

Highways England emergency planning manager for the East of England Nigel Allsopp said: “We’re reminding road users to plan ahead for the Burghley Horse Trials. The A1 near Stamford is likely to be very busy on these days and access to and from the road may need to be temporarily suspended as and when needed.

“Our aim is to keep the Highways England network running whilst keeping road users safe and informed. Check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time.”

Highways England provides live traffic information at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic, its iPhone app, travel bulletins and electronic road signs. Travel information is also available by phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 and updates will be provided via Twitter.