Topher Ltd, the event security and traffic management specialist, has been chosen by London Biggin Hill Airport to manage traffic and car parking for its 2015 Festival of Flight, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Biggin Hill was one of the RAF’s principal fighter bases during the Battle of Britain, and in addition to a large gathering of Spitfires and Hurricanes, the Festival of Flight will play host to period vehicles, re-enactors, entertainers and artefacts of the time, both military and civil, giving the audiences an insight into the time when the future of Great Britain was in serious doubt.
Topher will be deploying in the region of 20 traffic marshals, mostly former Gurkhas, to manage traffic flow and efficiently guide the many thousands of cars expected to arrive on site to car parking spaces. Topher operations manager Gajendra Limbu and traffic management and car parking manager Phil Venn will be on site to manage any contingencies and ensure the event passes off smoothly.
Colin Hitchins, special projects manager for London Biggin Hill Airport, said: “Topher’s reputation for excellent customer service and the quiet professionalism and reliability of their personnel speaks for itself, and they’ve clearly demonstrated their ability to deliver services to very large outdoor events like RAF Waddington International Air Show and the Ryder Cup. We are expecting thousands of vehicles to The Biggin Hill Festival of Flight, and with the help of Topher, we are going to ensure that our visitors spend as much time as possible enjoying the show, and the minimum amount of time getting into the venue and parking their vehicle.”
Chris Haywood of Topher added: “Biggin Hill occupies a place in history few other airfields can match, and I’m very pleased that Topher Ltd has been entrusted with managing traffic and parking for this landmark event.”