Travelling to the Ploughing? Follow the colour code road not GPS
Record crowds are due to descend on the National Ploughing Championships in Tullamore this week and Gardai have a plan for traffic, advising people to follow the colour coded roads not GPS.
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, returns to Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offaly this week and 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.
"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.
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'.