Police issue advice to Harlow drivers ahead of V-Festival

V Fest

DRIVERS are being warned to expect delays later this month as thousands of festival-goers head to V Festival in Chelmsford.

The major music event comes to Hylands Park on 19 and 20 August this year with Essex Traffic Control Centre (ETCC) warning road users to check congestion and traffic management before travelling at www.essex.gov.uk/traffic or by following @Essex_travel on Twitter.

The longest delays are likely to come on Friday, 18 August and Monday, 21 August as thousands of festival-goers arrive and leave the festival.

A number of roads surrounding the venue will be temporarily closed or have temporary speed limits to enable visitors to come and go safely. The roundabout at Greenbury Way will be closed in some directions between 9am on Friday, 18 August and 4pm on Monday, 21 August.

Locally signed, temporary 30mph speed limits will also be in place from 9am on Thursday, 17 August until 8pm Monday, 21 August to maintain road safety.

Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, Cllr Ian Grundy, said: “The Essex Traffic Control Centre has many years’ experience helping to manage V Festival traffic. Staff work closely over the weekend with the organisers and emergency services with plans in place to solve any potential issues, including any emergency closure of the A12.”

Traffic control centre staff will remain at their County Hall screens throughout the long festival weekend to live tweet at @Essex_travel. They will monitor traffic and can control part time signals to help reduce congestion, if required.

Cllr Grundy added: “A lot of traffic management lessons have been learned over the years V Festival has been coming to the city. We want everybody to enjoy the experience, but we also want them to arrive and get back home safely, whilst minimising traffic congestion where possible.”

All traffic management is subject to change so please check and obey local signage.

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