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Motorists warned of delays as Dambuster takes flight

Published: 1 May 2018

Motorists could face long delays in the Peak District next week when thousands of people are expected to turn out to catch a glimpse of a Lancaster bomber aircraft in flight.

Organised by the Battle of Britain memorial flight, the journey is due to take place on Wednesday 16 May 2018 to mark the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Air Force and 75th anniversary of the Royal Air Force Raid on major German dams by 617 Squadron – later known as ‘The Dambusters’.

There will be opportunities to see the legendary aircraft as it heads from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, over the Derwent Dam in the heart of the Peak District at around 12.05pm and down the Derwent Valley over Chatsworth before heading to Rolls Royce in Derby and onwards to the Eyebrook Reservoir in Leicestershire.

We're putting measures in place to help keep traffic flowing in the Ladybower area which attracted around 10,000 spectators during the last fly-past in 2014.

But roads are likely to be very congested and some routes will be closed altogether.

Read more about road closures and parking restrictions being put in place on the day.

You can also find out more about the Battle of Britain memorial flight on the Royal Air Force website. or visit the Peak District National Park website.