Leeds Festival traffic masterplan to beat the car queue blues

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Leeds Festival bosses have confirmed details of the traffic masterplan designed to keep the city on the move during the run-up to this weekend’s rock extravaganza.

Early bird ticket-holders can begin pitching their tents at Bramham Park, near Wetherby, from 2pm tomorrow.

Thousands of revellers from across the country will flock to the site from then until the start of the main music programme on Friday.

The influx of out-of-town traffic has in some previous years led to hold-ups on major routes around Leeds.

But event organiser Festival Republic says it has spent the last nine months fine-tuning a plan that has worked a treat during more recent summers.

Key measures being taken this year include:

* Directing festival-bound cars from junction 45 of the A1(M) to Bramham Park via local access roads such as Paradise Way;

* Operating an additional route to the site via junction 44 of the A1(M) and the A64 westbound on Thursday, expected to be the peak day for festival traffic;

* Closing the A64 eastbound to through traffic near the Fox and Grapes pub from midnight tomorrow until 5am on Friday.

Roads and junctions that are likely to be much busier than normal from tomorrow through to Friday include the Grange Moor and Wattle Syke roundabouts between Collingham and Boston Spa.

Drivers are also being advised to avoid the A64 eastbound on Monday morning and lunchtime as traffic is expected to be “particularly heavy” due to fans leaving the site en masse.

A spokesman for Festival Republic said: “The aim of the plan is to minimise disruption to local residents and to those travelling on the road network.

“The police and the Highways Agency will be monitoring the festival route and working together to keep festival-goers and other road users informed and help minimise any traffic congestion.”

Fans can do their bit to ease the queues by making the journey to Bramham Park by bus.

Shuttle services will be running between Leeds city centre and the festival site throughout the event.

Services will also be operating between Bramham Park and Seacroft bus station.

For further information, visit the www.wymetro.com website or ring 0113 245 7676.

Acts appearing at the three-day festival include Blink 182, Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, Vampire Weekend, Jake Bugg and Arctic Monkeys.

* The Bishop of Leeds, the Right Reverend Nick Baines, will be visiting Bramham Park on Sunday.

He will be meeting the Festival Angels, a team of church volunteers whose prayer tent will be open at the event to fans who need a comforting arm around their shoulders.

The Rt Rev Baines said: “The music, the crowds and the atmosphere of festivals are fantastic, but people can still feel vulnerable for whatever reason and it’s great that these volunteers provide a safety net and place of welcome and support for anyone who needs it.”