HIGHWAYS England is advising motorists to plan their journeys ahead of this weekend’s Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford which starts tomorrow.

The annual event in Gloucestershire attracts crowds of up to 200,000 people over the three days.

Traffic volumes are once again likely to be high along the A417 and A419 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday - particularly around Cirencester and Cricklade.

The showground opens from 7.30am until 6.30pm on the Friday and from 7.30am until 7.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Route signage and messaging will be in place for all air tattoo traffic, and Highways England is keen to make all motorists aware of increased volumes on the roads as people make their way to the show.

Gareth Price, Highways England’s south west emergency planning officer, said: “Traffic management is once again in place for safety and to keep disruption to a minimum, and we advise all road users to check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time.”

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website at www.highways.gov.uk/traffic or from a phone or mobile device at m.highways.gov.uk.

Travel information is also available by phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 and updates will be provided via Twitter.