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Newbury Showground fireworks traffic delays spark anger again

Hundreds of motorists experienced severe traffic delays at a returning weekend fireworks event.

Thousands flocked to the Newbury Fireworks Spectacular — billed as Berkshire’s biggest fireworks display — at Newbury Showground on Sunday, November 5.

But the sold-out event left many motorists in a complete traffic standstill — with some paying customers missing the display entirely.

Newbury Showground fireworks last year
Newbury Showground fireworks last year

Feedback for the event has been positive, with many visitors lauding the “fantastic” display online. The event opened at 3pm and concluded by 9pm.

But others have criticised traffic congestion and parking difficulties both approaching and leaving the venue.

Lucy Buller was one resident who became caught in the congestion.

She said: “I left my house in Newbury at 5.15pm yesterday with a view of getting to Reading at 6pm.

“I arrived at 8.15pm.

“Sat in traffic, not because of an awful accident where people need help, but because of complete mismanagement of a fireworks display.

“Not sure how the council or the police think this is ok. Because it’s not, it’s dangerous.”

Traffic queuing on the way to Newbury Showground. Credit: Lucy Buller
Traffic queuing on the way to Newbury Showground. Credit: Lucy Buller

Another Newbury resident hoped to attend the show with his son. They left Newbury at 5pm.

But by 8pm, they were still sat in queuing traffic and had not reached the venue.

“I felt very aggrieved by what happened last night,” he said.

“When we got up the A339 towards the A34, it was complete traffic gridlock, it was unbelievable.

“You’ve never seen traffic like it.

“It was just impossible to get there. It’s an absolute shambles of organisation. I don’t know how they can sell something like that and not get people into the event.”

The pair ended up missing the display.

Xplosive Events posted on its Facebook about this weekend’s event saying: “We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us under the stars tonight.

“We apologize for the unexpected delay to the fireworks and for the traffic issues caused by unforeseen circumstances in the area. Your patience and understanding mean the world to us.

“To those caught up in the congestion, we are sincerely sorry for the inconvenience and are immensely grateful for your composure and patience.

“Your smiles, cheers, and excitement made the night truly magical.”

Newburytoday reported last year how the event, organised by Xplosive Events, had caused long delays for motorists in and out of the venue.

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