Roads expected to be busy around Donington Park until Monday

Leicestershire Police and Highways England are advising music lovers heading to the Download Festival at Donington Park this weekend to plan their journey and allow plenty of time to get to the event.

Road users not heading to the festival are being advised to seek alternative routes to avoid delays.

Tens of thousands of people are expected at the three-day festival, being staged from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 June, and surrounding roads are likely to be very busy.

Gates to the campsite opened at midday today (Wednesday 7 June) to allow campers to spread their arrival times. Thousands of other rock fans will come for the day.

Major roads and motorways in the area, including the M1, A42, A50 and A453, are likely to be busy.

All routes to the festival will be well signposted, but people travelling in the area should plan their journey in advance and follow the signs rather than their satnavs.

Festival-goers can check the traffic conditions using our Highways England travel app, or follow us on Twitter @HighwaysEMIDS to check the latest traffic updates before you set out.

Donington Park is located next to East Midlands Airport, four miles west of junction 23a of the M1 and five miles from junction 24. Anyone travelling to the airport should allow plenty of extra travel time for their journey.

Highways England will use electronic message boards on surrounding motorways to advise people of any delays. Extra traffic officers are also being deployed for the duration, both in event control and around junction 23 and 24 of the M1, to assist motorists, clear incidents quickly and keep traffic moving.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website, www.highways.gov.uk/traffic-information, local and national radio travel bulletins, electronic road signs and mobile platforms, such as Android and iPhone apps. Further information is available from the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Source:: Leicestershire Police News

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