ANYONE planning to see the Queen's visit to Cowes on Wednesday has been advised to use public transport.
Southern Vectis will operate a special 'Royal Return' park and ride service between Newport and Cowes and parking will be free in Isle of Wight Council car parks in Newport until 1.30pm, to encourage people to leave their cars at home.
'Royal Return’ tickets will cost £3 and buses will leave every 15 minutes between 7am and 10am from Church Litten, Newport to Cowes Enterprise College, which is close to Princes Green and The Parade, where people will be able to see the Queen.
Buses will return to Church Litten from Cowes Enterprise College every 15 minutes between 11am and 1pm.
The 'Royal Return' ticket is only valid on the buses between Church Litten and the high school, so cannot be used on regular bus routes.
Concessions and freedom passes will not be accepted on the special 'Royal Return’ park and ride buses.
In East Cowes, parking restrictions along the esplanade will be lifted for the day, so people can park for more than the usual two hours.
Volunteers from Raynet will assist council officers to monitor the traffic and live traffic updates will be relayed to residents via the council’s facebook and twitter feeds and through local media.
A spokeswoman said: "People wishing to catch a glimpse of the Queen should head to Prince’s Green or The Parade as there will be no public access to Cowes Yacht Haven.
"The Queen is due to sail from Gurnard towards Cowes from 9.45am, arriving at Cowes at 10.10am. The royal party will make their way along The Parade, arriving at the RNLI station at 10.30am.
"The Queen will then travel to Cowes Yacht Haven by boat before departing just before lunchtime.
"The Parade will open to members of the public at 7.15am, capacity will be limited to around 12,000 people and once full, people will be redirected to Prince’s Green.
"The Parade will be closed the night before for security reasons."
*450 spaces of overflow parking will be available at Northwood House. There will be a £5 charge for the day.
Click here for details of the visit, including an itinerary.