Henley Royal Regatta has been granted an extra day following their equality drive, despite locals’ complaints that it will cause further traffic chaos.
Henley Royal Regatta had its expansion to six days approved by Wokingham Borough Council on Monday.
The decision will see the rowing races, currently, in its 180th year, start a day earlier on a Tuesday in a bid to do more races for women.
Each year 2,800 amateurs, as well as Olympic rowers and athletes, compete in various categories as they race down the 2,112m Thames course with many hoping to win the coveted Grand Challenge Cup.
The extra day will be used to spread out the 23 events to accommodate the growing numbers of female rowers in the earlier stages of the event, ensuring that the programme isn’t too hectic.
In 2017 the regatta introduced three new female events, taking the total to seven, and with the news of an extra day, they are likely to add more.
However, residents are worried about the cumulative impact – including traffic – of the regatta as well as coinciding events in the area.
At a borough council hearing last week Remenham Parish Council and residents said the extension would mean they would have to suffer through traffic on the temporary one-way system going past their homes.