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The air show starts this afternoon and here is how you can get there

PUBLISHED: 08:25 16 June 2018 | UPDATED: 13:57 16 June 2018

The Blades in flight over Great Yarmouth on a test run. Picture: ANNIE STONE

The Blades in flight over Great Yarmouth on a test run. Picture: ANNIE STONE

ANNIE STONE

Excitement is building in Great Yarmouth this morning as the town and tens of thousands of people prepare to celebrate the start of the air show.

The seafront show starts at 1pm with the first displays by Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire); the Long EZ flying wing; The Blades aerobatics team of four Extras performance monoplanes and the Tigers Army freefall parachute team.

The Red Arrows are then due to zoom over the seafront between 3pm and 4pm.

To make sure people make the msot of the show they are being advised to leave enough time to get to the show, which is expected to draw 175,000 people over two days.

Here is the latest travel advice:

BUSES AND TRAINS

Greater Anglia have promised a boosted service for the air show.

Lengthened trains will be in operation, running half hourly throughout the day and three times and hour during peak times.

The lengthened trains will be comprised of three carriages rather than the usual two, plus two additional locomotives have been hired, each capable of carrying more than 500 people.

Even with the boosted service though, Greater Anglia is advising travellers to expect large queues and busy trains.

First Buses will also be increasing the frequency of their X1 and X11 services

from Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

During Saturday daytime, buses will run every 10 minutes, rather than the usual 15 minutes, and on Sunday the service will run every 15 minutes, rather than the usual 30 minutes.

Larger buses will also be used, and in the evening double deckers will be used instead of the usual single deckers.

ROAD CLOSURES

People living in the Great Yarmouth area are being asked to walk, cycle or use public transport to get to the seafront show.

Road closures will be in operation in the Golden Mile area to maintain public safety. Some areas will be cordoned off with concrete blocks.

Marine Parade will be closed to vehicles from 6pm Friday until 8am Monday

Seafront sideroads near the display site will be closed for public safety from 8pm Thursday

Cars parked illegally in closure areas may be towed away

Detailed road closure maps are available on www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/air-show/

PARK AND RIDE

Motorists heading the air show are being steered towards two large park-and-ride sites on the outskirts of the town.

Signs will be in place on roads leading to the town – and some junctions, including Acle roundabout, will have marshals providing guidance.

The park and ride schemes are:

South - Beacon Park, Gorleston - for visitors from the south via the A143 from Fritton or A47 (formerly A12) from Hopton/ Lowestoft). Bus drop off - South Beach Parade.

North - Racecourse - for visitors using the A47 from Acle, A1064 through Filby, or A149 from Potter Heigham. Bus drop-off - Euston Road.

Prices £10-18 depending on arrival and departure times.

Blue badge holders should book a blue badge holder space and indicate if a wheelchair space is needed on the bus.

Book via www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/air-show

All seafront car parks will be closed for the weekend – but there are 600 spaces, including Blue Badge slots, at Premium Parking locations at North Drive, South Beach Parade and Euston Road.

Premium Parking spaces are:

• North Drive - 152 spaces + 8 blue badge

• South Beach Parade (opposite Pleasure Beach Gardens) - 321 plus + 22 blue badge

• Euston Road - 90 + 8 blue badge

Cars must be parked by 10.30am and cannot leave until after the last display.

Book via www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/air-show

Follow the Great Yarmouth Mercury Facebook page for updates on the show, including videos and photographs of the many displays.

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