Villagers were relieved that the traffic problems they anticipated on the Malmesbury route to RAF Fairford did not happen last weekend.

Residents were concerned that the traffic travelling to the air tattoo would cause chaos on the roads around Corston, Malmesbury and Minety.

Last year's air show caused mayhem on the roads so this year organisers decided to re-route the traffic, where necessary, off the M4 along the rural route.

But there were none of the expected problems along the A429 to Malmesbury or the B4040 to Minety and the B4696 to Ashton Keynes.

David Brown, Minety Parish Council chairman, said it was very quiet on the roads.

"There were sporadic cars coming up but the spinal road was completely clear. It seems like they did the right thing this time. There was no problems at all," he said.

Minety county councillor Carole Soden said the traffic was not much more than usual.

"I rang round all my parishes and they all said the traffic was light. There were no hold ups on the spine road, which we were particularly worried about.

"Everyone is very pleased. They did come up trumps for us."

But Coun Soden said she still hoped the International Royal Air Tattoo would make more effort to communicate with local people.

"Perhaps in future they might liaise with local people so there is not the bad feeling that there was in the run up to last weekend."

More than 200,000 people visited the air show over the weekend, which celebrated 100 years of flight.