More than 80,000 rock fans will be heading to Donington Park for Download Festival 2017 this weekend so expect roads around the area to be busy.
Holidaymakers heading to East Midlands Airport from today (Thursday, June 8) until Monday, June 12 are advised to “leave plenty of extra time for their journey” as the festival site sits next door to the travel hub (four miles west of junction 23a of the M1 and five miles from junction 24).
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Highways England will use electronic message boards on surrounding motorways to advise people of any delays and extra traffic officers are also being deployed for the duration to assist motorists, clear incidents quickly and keep traffic moving.
Gates to the campsite opened at midday yesterday to allow an expected 30,000 campers to spread their arrival times and up to 20,000 visitors are expected to buy day tickets. 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 sat navs.
This time last year drivers heading to the festival were having to cope with SEVEN different areas of congestion and bumper to bumper queues to get into the car parks.
Following on from last year’s headliners Iron Maiden will be System of a Down, Biffy Clyro and in their last ever UK performance Aerosmith.
Download festival, June 9-11, tickets from downloadfestival.co.uk/tickets