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Enjoy Royal Ascot

by Jenny Minard and Rory McAllister
BBC Berkshire Reporters

Royal Ascot
Royal Ascot starts on Tuesday, 15 June until Saturday, 19 June.

Royal Ascot is the biggest event of the year in Berkshire and with over 100,000 people visiting, getting to the town could prove tricky.

But, Windsor and Maidenhead Council have made traffic arrangements to make your journey a little smoother.

Going by coach, train or car? Follow these tips for getting to the event which starts on Tuesday, 15 June.

BBC Radio Berkshire will be bringing you travel news every 15 minutes between 7am and 7pm until 19 June.


Arrival - mornings

Between approximately 10.30 and 12noon, there will be a one-way system on the A332 Windsor Road from the 'Peanut' Roundabout (junction of Mounts Hill and A322 Sheet Street Road) southbound to the Heatherwood roundabout (at the western end of the A329 Ascot High Street)

There is no exit from Kennel Avenue

You can only go straight ahead from Lovel Lane junction with A332 Windsor Road

There is no entry into A330 Winkfield Road north of Shepherd's White Roundabout as both lanes are used for southbound traffic

There will be two-way traffic (coned down centre line) on the A330 Winkfield Road south of Shepherd's White Roundabout (junction of A330 Winkfield Road and A332 Windsor Road)

Any traffic using the northbound lane on the A330 Winkfield Road (between High Street and Shepherd's White Roundabout) has to turn left onto the A332 Windsor Road at Shepherd's White Roundabout to join the southbound traffic travelling to Heatherwood Roundabout.

From here routes to the south towards the M3, west towards Bracknell or east along the High Street will be available.

Traffic going north should use the B3017 to the west of Ascot or the B383 to the east of Ascot. these routes are clearly marked with AA signs.

Ascot High Street
Ascot High Street will be buzzing during the Royal event

Inward bound traffic - afternoons/evenings

Between approximately 16.40 and 20.00 a one way system will operate on the A332 Windsor Road from the Heatherwood roundabout (at the western end of the A329 Ascot High Street) northbound to the 'Peanut' Roundabout (junction of Mounts Hill and A322 Sheet Street Road). Please note that on Thursday 18th June (Ladies' Day) this may be extended to 20.30.

Traffic travelling south should use the B3022 to get to the M3, Bracknell and places to the west. They should use the B383 and the A30 to get to Sunningdale and places to the east of Ascot. AA signs will be in position for people to follow.

There will be no right turn out of Kennel Avenue

On the A330 Winkfield Road all traffic will be northbound between Holloway's Gate and the A332 Windsor Road. South of Holloway's Gate two way traffic is maintained

There will be no left turn into Lovel Lane junction from the A332 Windsor Road

On New Mile Road, between Winkfield Road and Cheapside Road, all traffic will be eastbound only.

An additional waiting area for taxis will be created on the A332 Windsor Road between the Burleigh Road and Heatherwood roundabouts, adjacent to Car Park 1.

Burleigh Road will be closed at its southern end at its junction with the A332 Windsor Road

Outward bound traffic

There is temporary signal controlled junctions (not part of the one-way system)

Additional temporary High Street crossing points will be at:

  • B383 Sunninghill Road junction with Watersplash Lane
  • Cheapside Road junction with A329 London Road
  • Cheapside Road junction with Watersplash Lane & Coach Park entrance
  • B3034 Forest Road junction with Locks Ride & Braziers Lane
  • B3034 Forest Road junction with A330 Hatchet Lane/Winkfield Road
  • A330 Hatchet Lane junction with A330 Lovel Road and Lovel Lane
  • A329 London Road junction with B383 Buckhurst Road/B383 Silwood Road

Coach Route (not part of the one-way system)

A330 Lovel Road/B3034 Lovel Lane/temporary traffic light controlled crossing at Lovel Lane/A332 Mounts Hill (Crispin PH) / temporary traffic light controlled crossing at B383 Sunninghill Road/ temporary traffic light controlled crossing at Watersplash Lane/ temporary traffic light controlled crossing at Cheapside Road


Extra Services: There are extra trains that run during the Royal Meeting. From Waterloo to Ascot there are extra services at 05 and 35 minutes past each hour from 0935 to 1305.

Together with the normal service, this gives four trains an hour between London Waterloo and Ascot.

These extra trains will call at Clapham Junction, Richmond, Twickenham, Feltham, Staines, Egham, Virginia Water and Sunningdale.

From Reading to Ascot there are extra services at 25 and 57 minutes past each hour from 1057 to 1425, plus the normal services there's four trains an hour between Reading and Ascot.

These extra trains will call at Wokingham, Bracknell and Martins Heron.

Morning: normally this isn't a problem as race-goers arrive at different times. However, do expect the train carriages to be busy as well as the station platforms. Also, there will be plenty of big hats around so mind your step!

Afternoon: Ascot train station will get extremely busy from 17:30pm through until 19.00. Some race-goers leave before the last race to avoid the longer queues, however it will still get busy.

You'll be directed along to walk-ways from Ascot High Street outside the racecourse depending on your destination. The signs will indicate trains for London, Guildford and Reading. The train station is at the bottom of Station Hill, about a 5-10 min walk from the racecourse on a slight declining hill so ladies think about those shoes

Once you reach Ascot Train Station you'll have to queue for your train. The platform guards will only let so many through for safety reasons, hence why the area gets very heavy with passengers.

If you don't want to wait for your train there is a taxi rank right outside the train station.

The train operator during Royal Ascot is South West Trains - for more information go to South West Trains website

General information

Coaches are not permitted on the High Street between the roundabouts at the top of Station Hill and Heatherwood Hospital.

This year a prohibition of 'U' Turns will be imposed throughout the High Street to aid road safety.

The B383 Sunninghill Road from the 'Peanut' Roundabout southwards will remain two-way throughout Royal Ascot, but along with Watersplash Lane and part of Cheapside Road, it will be part of the route for Coaches going to and from the coach parks on the eastern side of the racecourse.

There will be two temporary pedestrian bridges in the High Street to reduce the number of people using the surface crossings.

Dedicated spaces for taxis will be allocated within Car Park 6 and there will be a drop off area in Car Park 5.

Course Road will be closed because of anti-social behaviour in previous years.

Parking restrictions will be in place on various roads and will be strictly enforced by Council Parking who will arrange for the removal of vehicles for parking violations. There will be two tow trucks hired by the Council and Thames Valley Police (TVP) in the area.

TVP will be responsible for removing vehicles that they deem to be causing an obstruction or which pose a security threat.


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