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Concert crowd brings traffic grinding to a halt; BON JOVI CONCERT ++.

Byline: By Samantha Clarke

THOUSANDS of fans heading to the concert brought parts of Coventry to a standstill yesterday afternoon .

There were tailbacks as motorists heading home from work were caught up in congestion misery.

The majority of the problems were on the A444 heading from Coventry to the M6 motorway, and the surrounding roads.

There were long tailbacks from the Ricoh Arena itself as cars queued to park.

But in the final hour before the concert fans reported less stressful journeys.

One motorist reported arriving at the stadium from Radford in just 15 minutes.

And fans heading to the Arena from Nuneaton reported no problems at all.

It comes as motorists who were not heading to the gig were warned to stay away from the A444 between Coventry and Nuneaton throughout yesterday afternoon and early evening.

After the concert finished, fans reported the traffic was no worse than expected.

Motorists who had driven themselves to the event were held back for up to 45 minutes until the coaches left the Arena and although it was slow, there were no real hold-ups.

One motorist said: "It wasn't really any worse than coming away from the arena on match days, or from the NEC in Birmingham after a concert."

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D33997_28' AT A STANDSTILL... It was a great day for some, but for others on the A444 it was rush-hour hell.' D33997_29' GETTING THERE... Fans of the band enjoy the sunny weather as they make their way to the big concert at the Ricoh Arena yesterday evening.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 8, 2006
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