Free buses to combat Wentworth hold-ups

Published: 11 May 2014 12:300 comments

PARK-and-ride services will again be in operation during a major golf championship to help prevent traffic congestion on roads in the Ascot area.

Organisers of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth will run free buses from two locations – Ascot Racecourse car parks and Broomhall Farm in Sunningdale – from Tuesday, May 20, to Sunday, May 25.

While Broomhall Farm was used during the 2013 tournament – the first year that the park and ride services were run – this is the first time that the Ascot Racecourse car parks have been used.

Championship director Jamie Birkmyre estimated that about 2,500 vehicles would use the car parks in Ascot High Street and was confident that the extra traffic would not cause congestion on local roads.

He said: “The car parks that we are using at Ascot are a mixture of the ones used at the Royal Meeting that work best with Ascot and ourselves.

There is plenty of capacity and once again we expect about 2,500 vehicles each day to this area.

“This is much less than the Royal Meeting, when they have more than 10,000 vehicles.

“We have worked closely with the councils to ensure that the traffic management is in place to accommodate the additional vehicles, however they will not be travelling through Ascot – only from the Bracknell area and west of Wentworth, where they will access the car parks and then travel onwards by bus.”

Ascot is being used as a park and ride location this year instead of Windsor Great Park because it is nearer to Wentworth.

The other park and ride site, Broomhall Farm, off the A30, has capacity for 2,000 vehicles. It will serve spectators coming from the west (M4 and M3),

Like last year, there will also be a free bus service running between Virginia Water railway station and Wentworth to also try to reduce the number of people driving.

There will be limited car parking at Wentworth Golf Club itself, which must be arranged in advance, and Mr Birkmyre said the bus shuttle services had eased traffic congestion on local roads last year.

He added: “Last year’s park and ride was a huge success. The park and ride system helps facilitate the flow of traffic in the vicinity and allows fast, easy access to the beautiful Wentworth Estate.”

The BMW PGA Championship – which will feature the cream of European golf including Justin Rose, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood – will be held from Thursday-Sunday, May 22-25.

The players’ practice day will be held on Tuesday, May 20, and a celebrity pro-am tournament featuring Chris Evans, Sir Steve Redgrave, Peter Schmeichel and Mike Tindall will be held the following day.

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