Anger of residents in Twyford and Morestead over traffic for BoomTown at Matterley Bowl in Winchester

FESTIVAL FUN: BoomTown is one of the county’s biggest music festivals.

Diverting BoomTown Festival traffic through Hampshire villages branded ridiculous

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“RIDICULOUS, a nightmare and desperately unsafe.”

That is how villagers have described plans to divert festival-goers along country lanes to tackle traffic chaos at one of Hampshire’s biggest music events.

Organisers of the annual BoomTown festival near Winchester want 75 coaches and up to 750 camper vans directed from the M3 through Twyford and Morestead.

The plan is to direct them through Twyford on to Hazeley Road, through Morestead and past Owslebury via Longwood Road to the A272.

Organisers and police hope the plan will stop gridlock on the A31 caused by revellers heading from junction 9 of the M3 to the BoomTown site at Matterley Bowl Festival officials hope to increase the numbers attending from 30,000 to 38,000 for 2014 with a further increase to 45,000 next year and 49,999 in 2016. This year’s event will be on August 7-11.

Yet they met a barrage of criticism when they met councillors and residents to discuss the issue.

They said the proposals would not be safe and raised concerns over the logistics of turning such large and numerous vehicles.

Daryl Henry, parish councillor for Twyford, said: “You’re talking about putting 75 coaches and 750 camper vans through that area which is desperately unsafe.”

Resident Sue Padwick, 63, retired, of Hazeley Road, said: “I’m not impressed. It’s bad enough along this road as it is without extra traffic. If that much traffic is on the road we won’t be able to get out of the driveway because it will come to a standstill at some point – it won’t be able to cope with it.”

A resident of Longwood Road, who did not want to be named, said: “No way! I think that is just ridiculous! With all the cyclists, riders and walkers, it would be a nightmare. I just cannot see the purpose.” BoomTown organisers were also attacked for not relaying the information sooner.

Cllr Rob Humby, who represents the area on both Hampshire and Winchester councils, said: “It’s not how you intend to manage it, it’s about the consultation with residents and businesses and that has been unfortunate.”

Tom Ferris, of CTM Traffic Management, told residents: “Can I first apologise to those people who did not know we are going to be using routes through Twyford and Morestead.

“I appreciate the concerns you have had with traffic coming thorough your village; more than you have had previously. But it’s about spreading the traffic. I know this isn’t great for you but if we can push coach movement in the long term by generating new routes in, we can reduce the number of cars but still extend the number of people.”

City council officers and Hampshire police said assessing new routes was vital to ease congestion on the A31.

Sergeant Jason Holford, who works in strategic operations, said: “In the last two or three years we have talked about the pressure on junction 9 of the M3 and it’s always been a problem. What we have got to be able to do is utilise everything at our disposal.”

The traffic management plan has been lodged with the authorities and will be decided one month before the festival begins.

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11:01am Wed 23 Apr 14

sarfhamton says...

So 825 vehicles over the course of a day? Its not going to cause any issue at all. NIMBYs again.
So 825 vehicles over the course of a day? Its not going to cause any issue at all. NIMBYs again. sarfhamton
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11:59am Wed 23 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

No different to all the commuters cutting through this was in the morning. Everyone will still use the A31 anyway. Locals hardly know this route so those from out the area definitely won't.
No different to all the commuters cutting through this was in the morning. Everyone will still use the A31 anyway. Locals hardly know this route so those from out the area definitely won't. sotonwinch09
  • Score: -1

12:06pm Wed 23 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue bigfella777
  • Score: -7

12:08pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 13

12:10pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
Stop trolling guy.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]Stop trolling guy. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

12:11pm Wed 23 Apr 14

minnie64 says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
No different to all the commuters cutting through this was in the morning. Everyone will still use the A31 anyway. Locals hardly know this route so those from out the area definitely won't.
Should imagine there will be diversions in place sending them down that way
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: No different to all the commuters cutting through this was in the morning. Everyone will still use the A31 anyway. Locals hardly know this route so those from out the area definitely won't.[/p][/quote]Should imagine there will be diversions in place sending them down that way minnie64
  • Score: -2

12:12pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

minnie64 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
No different to all the commuters cutting through this was in the morning. Everyone will still use the A31 anyway. Locals hardly know this route so those from out the area definitely won't.
Should imagine there will be diversions in place sending them down that way
What one or 2 signs which people ignore? Everyone will come off the M3 and up the A31.
[quote][p][bold]minnie64[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: No different to all the commuters cutting through this was in the morning. Everyone will still use the A31 anyway. Locals hardly know this route so those from out the area definitely won't.[/p][/quote]Should imagine there will be diversions in place sending them down that way[/p][/quote]What one or 2 signs which people ignore? Everyone will come off the M3 and up the A31. sotonwinch09
  • Score: -2

12:36pm Wed 23 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people. bigfella777
  • Score: -9

1:33pm Wed 23 Apr 14

House Sparrow says...

I think the problem will not be the number of vehicles, but taking coaches down narrow roads with sharp bends and difficult junctions. It is bad enough trying to turn right out of Hazeley Road in a car!
I think the problem will not be the number of vehicles, but taking coaches down narrow roads with sharp bends and difficult junctions. It is bad enough trying to turn right out of Hazeley Road in a car! House Sparrow
  • Score: 2

1:35pm Wed 23 Apr 14

kiddynamite says...

I love these DE pages, As soon as someone doesn't agree with the majority you all yell troll. People are allowed their own opinions even if they are not the same as yours.
Get over it and accept we are not all sheep who follow the leader.
You could always try and form your own.

Or does this opinion make me a troll?
I love these DE pages, As soon as someone doesn't agree with the majority you all yell troll. People are allowed their own opinions even if they are not the same as yours. Get over it and accept we are not all sheep who follow the leader. You could always try and form your own. Or does this opinion make me a troll? kiddynamite
  • Score: 2

1:42pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

kiddynamite wrote:
I love these DE pages, As soon as someone doesn't agree with the majority you all yell troll. People are allowed their own opinions even if they are not the same as yours.
Get over it and accept we are not all sheep who follow the leader.
You could always try and form your own.

Or does this opinion make me a troll?
bigfella IS a troll, though. It's not because he goes against the flow, it's because he specifically posts "just cycle lol!" at every opportunity, however tenuous the link to the story, in order to solicit a response.
[quote][p][bold]kiddynamite[/bold] wrote: I love these DE pages, As soon as someone doesn't agree with the majority you all yell troll. People are allowed their own opinions even if they are not the same as yours. Get over it and accept we are not all sheep who follow the leader. You could always try and form your own. Or does this opinion make me a troll?[/p][/quote]bigfella IS a troll, though. It's not because he goes against the flow, it's because he specifically posts "just cycle lol!" at every opportunity, however tenuous the link to the story, in order to solicit a response. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 8

1:57pm Wed 23 Apr 14

sotonwinch09 says...

bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.[/p][/quote]They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike. sotonwinch09
  • Score: 6

2:09pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.
He knows this. He's trolling. Quite successfully, it appears.
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.[/p][/quote]They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.[/p][/quote]He knows this. He's trolling. Quite successfully, it appears. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 2

2:14pm Wed 23 Apr 14

bigfella777 says...

sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.
Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks
[quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.[/p][/quote]They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.[/p][/quote]Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks bigfella777
  • Score: -8

3:41pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Brock_and_Roll says...

bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.
Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks
So 1000s or youngsters from up north are going to spend £150+ of a fold up Bromptons then £70 on a train ticket just so they can avoid getting a £15 coach journey to the festival (where they will be with their mates, sounds, drink and all their gear).

You would have to be made not to go for the cycling option.......
[quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.[/p][/quote]They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.[/p][/quote]Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks[/p][/quote]So 1000s or youngsters from up north are going to spend £150+ of a fold up Bromptons then £70 on a train ticket just so they can avoid getting a £15 coach journey to the festival (where they will be with their mates, sounds, drink and all their gear). You would have to be made not to go for the cycling option....... Brock_and_Roll
  • Score: 0

4:18pm Wed 23 Apr 14

wwozzer says...

Just ban it now, bloody kids should all be working down a mine somewhere not snorting pop in a field that'll probably never need fertilising ever again.
Just ban it now, bloody kids should all be working down a mine somewhere not snorting pop in a field that'll probably never need fertilising ever again. wwozzer
  • Score: 1

5:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

Zexagon says...

Brock_and_Roll wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.
Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks
So 1000s or youngsters from up north are going to spend £150+ of a fold up Bromptons then £70 on a train ticket just so they can avoid getting a £15 coach journey to the festival (where they will be with their mates, sounds, drink and all their gear).

You would have to be made not to go for the cycling option.......
Perhaps bigfella could give dubbys from the train station
[quote][p][bold]Brock_and_Roll[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.[/p][/quote]They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.[/p][/quote]Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks[/p][/quote]So 1000s or youngsters from up north are going to spend £150+ of a fold up Bromptons then £70 on a train ticket just so they can avoid getting a £15 coach journey to the festival (where they will be with their mates, sounds, drink and all their gear). You would have to be made not to go for the cycling option.......[/p][/quote]Perhaps bigfella could give dubbys from the train station Zexagon
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Wed 23 Apr 14

vag says...

This has to be some sort of joke. There cannot be a less suitable route in the planet than the one they are proposing here.
This has to be some sort of joke. There cannot be a less suitable route in the planet than the one they are proposing here. vag
  • Score: -1

9:32am Thu 24 Apr 14

Niel says...

Brock_and_Roll wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
sotonwinch09 wrote:
bigfella777 wrote:
Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue
You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.
You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.
They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.
Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks
So 1000s or youngsters from up north are going to spend £150+ of a fold up Bromptons then £70 on a train ticket just so they can avoid getting a £15 coach journey to the festival (where they will be with their mates, sounds, drink and all their gear).

You would have to be made not to go for the cycling option.......
Your not going to buy a Brompton new for less than £750... I bought one a while back used for 120, rode it for a couple of years and sold it for 200!
[quote][p][bold]Brock_and_Roll[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sotonwinch09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bigfella777[/bold] wrote: Why do people have to drive there anyway, surely cycling would be the best way to arrive? Better than being stuck in a queue[/p][/quote]You do realise people come from all over the UK to this? Hardly going to cycle from Manchester are they.[/p][/quote]You could get the train to Winchester and then cycle quite easily. There is always an excuse with you people.[/p][/quote]They are on average 4 cycle points on a train. When these are full up the train company will refuse to let you on board with a bike.[/p][/quote]Not if its a fold up bike you can put them in the luggage racks[/p][/quote]So 1000s or youngsters from up north are going to spend £150+ of a fold up Bromptons then £70 on a train ticket just so they can avoid getting a £15 coach journey to the festival (where they will be with their mates, sounds, drink and all their gear). You would have to be made not to go for the cycling option.......[/p][/quote]Your not going to buy a Brompton new for less than £750... I bought one a while back used for 120, rode it for a couple of years and sold it for 200! Niel
  • Score: 0

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