Milton Keynes council has pledged to take ‘full control’ of future events in the city – instead of relying on organisers to manage traffic.
A recent gig in September saw 120,000 people fans head to the National Bowl to see the Foo Fighters.
Gaming International took charge of all the traffic management and parking arrangements on the Saturday.
But the second day of the concert saw MK Council step in to help out because of congestion issues.
Council chiefs now say they want to ensure city roads are “managed effectively”.
An MK Council spokesman said: “Around 60,000 fans came to the MK Bowl on each evening which inevitably caused disruption as they made their way to the area. This is twice the capacity of the Dons’ stadium:mk.
“The council is looking at how it can handle traffic management for future events rather than the event organisers to ensure that our local road network is managed effectively when these large events take place.”
An interesting decision for the Council to state without giving the opportunity for Industry experts to offer their solutions?
I personally have been involved in many such concerts at the Bowl and led on the successful traffic management plans for the safe arrival and departure of fans. This was as a Police Officer though and we know that in the climate of Government Budget restrictions which has put pressures on the Police in recent years, so that they no longer have the resources to support Event Promoters.
The management of how fans get to and leave a Stadium or Arena whether that be for a Foo Fighters gig at the MK Bowl or France v Canada at StadiumMK for the Rugby World Cup, is so important but often poorly managed.
Ask yourself how you would feel after a brilliant time watching David Grohl singing Foo Fighter anthems if you were then stuck in a traffic jam for 2 hours getting out of the Bowl and away home?
Exactly!! and we won’t express those thoughts now!!!
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