More parking for RAF Brize Norton cortege route repatriations

Two hearses drive past a large crowd in Carterton
Image caption Repatriations were switched from RAF Brize Norton in 2007 but moved back in 2011

More parking is to be made available on a cortege route for families attending RAF Brize Norton repatriations of British soldiers killed overseas.

About £76,000 has been earmarked by Oxfordshire County Council to pay for 25 extra spaces at the car park at Monahan Way, Carterton.

It will boost the spaces to 61.

Deputy leader of the council, Rodney Rose, said the authority was "hugely proud" of its close relationship with the forces in Oxfordshire.

"I hope that our upgrade of the Sports Pavilion car park will make access easier for those attending the ceremonies," Mr Rose said.

West Oxfordshire District Council has already secured £33,000 from the Ministry of Defence for extra parking at the nearby Sports Pavilion.

Repatriations were switched from Brize Norton to RAF Lyneham in 2007, meaning public ceremonies were held at nearby Wootton Bassett.

The Wiltshire town was renamed Royal Wootton Bassett in 2011 in recognition of the respect it gave to lost military personnel and their families.

Repatriations returned to RAF Brize Norton in 2011 when it was announced that RAF Lyneham would shut.

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