Police rely on Robbers to control traffic

during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 12, 2011 in Montreal, Canada.
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POLICE will be relying on the Robbers to hold back the traffic at Silverstone on Sunday evening.

Former Formula 1 team boss Eddie Jordan, and his band The Robbers, will be headlining the concert shortly after the conclusion of the British Grand Prix. And event organisers are hoping that staggered departure times will help ease the traffic flow away from the circuit.

The concert will also feature appearances by F1 drivers as Silverstone aim to stretch the entertainment value of a ticket far beyond the racing.

The entertainment package also includes plans to show the film Senna on the giant screens around the track.

Ian Ledingham, the police traffic manager for the British Grand Prix, said: “The increased emphasis on providing entertainment into the evening does keep a lot of the racegoers at the circuit.

“This in turn helps police and partners to more effectively manage traffic leaving the circuit so that everyone can get on their way as quickly and safely as possible.

“However, although the roads have improved and there isn’t the congestion of years gone by, motorists will still need to be realistic.

“As at any large event or gathering, when a large volume of traffic looks to use a limited amount of road space, delays are inevitable and Silverstone is expecting sell-out crowds on all three days this year.

“But providing motorists pay close attention to the signage, and follow given instructions, it should not be long before they are on their way.”