VISITORS travelling to the first day of the Ploughing Championships in New Ross today were hit with severe tailbacks on approach routes.
The worst affected route was into New Ross where a 12km tailback stretched back to the Waterford bypass causing delays of over an hour.
The problem was caused by heavy traffic from Dublin and the midlands travelling via the M9 and converging with Munster traffic over the town’s bridge according to local gardai.
Chief Superintendant John Roche appealed to drivers travelling tomorrow to heed official advice to turn off the M9 at Carlow or use the N11 route to avoid heavy congestion.
There were also hour-long long delays for early morning traffic travelling the few miles from New Ross to the 700-acre site at Heathpark because of heavy exhibitor traffic.
Traffic volumes are expected to be heavier tomorrow, so motorists are being advised to make sure they come the recommended routes to avoid congestion.
President Michael D Higgins officially opened the event at noon and it will continue until Thursday.
The event is the highlight of the farming year and is estimated to be worth €30m to the local economy.