Museum says sorry for traffic chaos

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A museum has apologised for extreme traffic delays caused by 9,000 visitors descending on its Christmas market.

Despite the wet and windy conditions over the weekend, the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum experienced an extremely busy Christmas market.

Due to the weather, the museum’s overflow car park became muddy and slippery, with large sections left unusable after Saturday.

The museum says its team of volunteers and staff did everything within their power to ensure cars entered the site and were parked safely.

Richard Pailthorpe, museum director, said: “Our team were in an impossible situation, with guests wishing to enter the museum site as quickly as possible but the parking facilities necessitated a slow and careful approach due to the wet and muddy conditions.

We apologise wholeheartedly for any inconvenience caused to those impacted by the traffic waiting to enter our site.”

The museum has thanked everyone for their understanding and apologised to those affected.

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