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Silverstone works to avoid rain chaos
28 March 2013
Silverstone has started work to avoid a repeat of the weather-related chaos that hit the British Grand Prix last year.
The 2012 race was affected by heavy rain that left car parks and campsites flooded, and which led to the circuit asking fans to stay away from Saturday's on-track action.
The circuit insisted that it would make changes ahead of the 2013 race, with working now ongoing to improve drainage across the site. Mesh protection has also been laid across five acres of the Woodlands campsite to make the area more robust for the future.
As well as improving the drainage systems, Silverstone has also worked to improve transport links and will improve the shuttle services for users planning to travel by train or by bus.
A regular shuttle services will operate on all three days of the event, running to and from Milton Keynes, Northampton and Banbury railway stations while Megabus will operate a coach travel service on all three days from major UK towns and cities, including London, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Nottingham, Cambridge, Portsmouth and Cardiff.
Further details of an expanded Park and Ride operation will also be announced in due course.
“If the first two races are anything to go by, it's going to be a breath-taking season,” Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited, said. “Last year's British Grand Prix attracted an outstanding attendance of 297,000 over all three days, despite the extreme weather conditions. If the drivers maintain this level of excitement, I'm sure we will be looking at another capacity crowd at the end of June.
“We are investing significant time and money to further improve the fans' British Grand Prix experience and ensure there is no repeat of the weather–related issues that affected some fans on the Friday of last year's event. With four British drivers to cheer on, the atmosphere promises to be electric.”
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