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Warnings this could be busiest bank holiday on the roads in years

Warning of busiest bank holiday on the roads in years Photo: ITV News West Country

There are warnings we could be in for one of the busiest bank holiday weekends on the region's roads for years. Schools broke up today for half term and the police are warning that tomorrow could be particularly busy around Exeter, as the Devon County Show continues.

Delays expected as Devon County Show continues Credit: ITV News West Country

A special police operation will roll into action this weekend to try to keep the traffic moving and delays to a minimum. Officers will be diverted from other duties to make sure things run as smoothly as possible.

"We've got some additional road policing resources that we'll be utilising specifically for this weekend that won't be coming from the frontline. A well as having all our front line resources they'll be a few additional resources that will be dedicated to looking at the strategic road network and making sure that any issues and problems are identified very early on and can be resolved as quickly as possible."

– Sgt Olly Tayler, Devon & Cornwall Police
Volksfest in Plymouth Credit: ITV News West Country

As well as the Devon County Show, there's Run to the Sun in Newquay, Volksfest in Plymouth and the Forces March in Ilfracombe this weekend. That means there are going to be pinch points along the main routes in and out of the west country. The police say people should plan for their journeys to be longer than usual.

They've been planning the traffic management at the Devon County Show since last August. Over the course of the weekend 95,000 people will visit. Those coming from the south will have a new route into the showground this year coming in off junction 29. There will be delays no doubt - all the advice is to be prepared.

You can watch the below report from Jacquie Bird: