Tens of thousands of rock fans will arrive in Donnington Park next weekend for the annual Download Festival. With so many music fans descending on the park, near East Midlands Airport, National Highways has issued detailed advice and advised people to plan ahead.
Visitors have been urged to follow marked routes for a smoother journey to the event – which is headlined by Kiss, Iron Maiden and Biffy Clyro. Rock bands will take the stage from Friday to Sunday June 10 and 12.
National Highways asked attendees to avoid turning to their GPS in hopes of finding a quicker route, but to simply follow official road signs as they approach the park. A spokesperson confirmed that additional traffic officers would be patrolling to keep cars moving to and from the event.
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Campers can arrive at the site from Thursday in a bid to stagger arrival times, however surrounding roads are expected to still be busy until final departures on Monday. More than 20 bands from around the world will perform, attracting 100,000 people throughout the three-day event.
Jamie Tomlin, National Highway Network Resilience Planner, said: “We have worked closely with event organizers and other key partners to ensure travel to and from the event is seamless. the safest and smoothest way possible.
“If you are attending the Download Festival, when you get a few miles away, follow the organizers’ signs and instructions rather than your GPS as they will guide you on the correct route to the correct parking lot.
“There are changes to the traffic management plan this year so don’t be tempted to follow a previous year’s route. Our advice to all motorists is to allow extra time for journeys in this area over the weekend, particularly if you are flying from East Midlands Airport”.
Donington Park in Castle Donington is four miles west of junction 23a of the M1 and five miles from junction 24. Major roads in the area including the M1, A42, A50 and the A453, are likely to be very busy, according to National Motorways.
Drivers were told to pay attention to electronic billboards on nearby motorways to notify people of any delays.