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Friday 22 September 2017

Follow colour-coded traffic plan to Ploughing, gardaí urge drivers

Europe’s largest outdoor event, is set to return to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly on September 19, 20 and 21. Photo: Steve Humphreys
Europe’s largest outdoor event, is set to return to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly on September 19, 20 and 21. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Claire Fox

Gardaí are hoping that their colour-coded traffic plan will run smoothly after they successfully directed a record number of 283,000 visitors to last year's National Ploughing Championships.

Europe's largest outdoor event, is set to return to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly on September 19, 20 and 21.

Garda Sergeant Barry Collins, who is in charge of traffic control at the Ploughing festival in Screggan, said that the traffic plan put in place last year would remain the same.

"There were no problems with it last year and everyone was generally compliant.

"We manage traffic for Electric Picnic every year, so we're well used to controlling crowds and will have a sufficient number of gardaí on duty," he said.

The detailed traffic plan includes eight colour-coded routes that visitors travelling from different parts of the country are obliged to follow.

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Visitors travelling from Munster should follow the blue route, Kilkenny the grey route and Carlow the yellow. Meanwhile, visitors from the south-west will use the brown route, people travelling from Dublin the purple, Kildare the orange and those from the west should follow the green.

In the car park, these colours are divided into different zones called after animals, so that visitors will be able to locate their vehicle easily - for example 'Red Herring' and 'Yellow Deer'.

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"We find people associate better with colours and can access their cars without any issue," added Garda Sgt Collins.

Each parking zone includes designated disabled parking and spaces for competitors and exhibitors.

Gardaí are reminding those attending the Ploughing to factor in double the normal journey time and to follow the coloured routes, rather than GPS. Visitors should also download the NPA app, which gives traffic updates, and avail of public transport where possible.

Some of the highlights this year include the machinery demonstration area, the inaugural Harry Fergusson Macra tractor driver safety award as well as an array of new exhibitors and hundreds of outstanding veteran companies showcasing their products and services.

Over 350 competitors are preparing to showcase the art of ploughing over the three days.

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