Press release

Highways England offers traffic advice for Badminton Horse Trials

Road users are being urged to plan their journey ahead of this week’s Badminton Horse Trials.

The prestigious equestrian event attracts the world’s premier 3 day eventers to the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton House grounds in South Gloucestershire.

Cross country day at Badminton attracts crowds of up to 250,000 and Highways England is reminding motorists travelling to the event to plan their journeys.

Gareth Price, Highways England emergency planning officer for the south west, said:

We’re reminding road users to plan ahead for the Badminton Horse Trials. Junction 18 of the M4 near Tormarton is likely to be very busy on these days, particularly Saturday, 7 May.

Our aim is to keep the Highways England network running, specifically the M4 and A46 to the south of junction 18, whilst keeping road users safe and informed. We advise drivers to check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time.

Drivers should be aware that gates open tomorrow, Wednesday, 4 May, with competition focussing on dressage on the Thursday and Friday, cross country on the Saturday and showjumping on Sunday, with prizes and trophies being presented this year by HRH Duchess of Cornwall.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website or from a phone or mobile device at

Travel information is also available by phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 and updates will be provided via Twitter.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.