VOLUNTARY groups who helped to get festival traffic moving last weekend have been thanked by the police and the Isle of Wight Council.
The Vectis 4 x 4 response, Maritime Volunteer Service and Raynet all joined in the operation to get traffic away from the event, avoiding congestion issues experienced on roads to and from the site last Thursday and Friday.
Vectis 4 x 4 coordinated 90 off-road vehicles to help traffic off camp sites while the Maritime Volunteer Service and Raynet volunteers provided a network of traffic 'spotters’ to monitor vehicle movements at key locations and report back the information to the emergency management team at the festival.
Stuart Love, the Isle of Wight Council’s director of economy and the environment, said: "We have written to all the groups involved but I would really like to publicly thank them for their assistance."
Chief Inspector Nick Heelan added: "Combined community efforts ensured the exit of motorists and pedestrians from the festival was as safe and swift as practical in challenging conditions.
"Volunteers played a crucial role with their specific expertise and experience for which we have the utmost appreciation."