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Chelmsford road users reminded to avoid V Festival congestion

16 August 2016

Essex Traffic Control Centre (ETCC) is reminding road users to avoid probable congestion in the Chelmsford area this weekend as the V Festival comes to Hylands Park.

The longest delays are likely on Friday, 19 August and Monday, 22 August as thousands of festival-goers arrive and leave the venue.

Roads surrounding Hylands Park and in the local area will be closed at certain times to facilitate the safe arrival and departure of festival goers.

In particular, Three Mile Hill/A414 will be closed from 9pm on Saturday, 20 August until 5am on Sunday, 21 August, and again from 9pm on Sunday until 4pm on Monday, 22 August.

A locally signed, temporary 30mph speed limit will also be in place from 6pm on Thursday, 18 August until 8pm on Monday, 22 August to maintain road safety.

Cllr Eddie Johnson, Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport, said: “Our Network Operations team has gained more than 20 years’ experience of supervising festival road movements. Working closely with the organisers and emergency services they have well-developed plans to meet most eventualities, including a complete closure of the A12.”

ETCC staff will remain at their County Hall posts throughout the long festival weekend. They will monitor traffic and can deploy strategically placed temporary signals to minimise congestion, if required.

Cllr Johnson 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.”

ETCC will operate extended opening hours for the V Festival weekend as below:

Friday: 6am – 10pm
Saturday: 11am – 3pm & 8pm – 2am (Sunday morning)
Sunday: 11am – 3pm Sunday & 8pm Sunday to 2am (Monday morning)
Monday:  6am – 7pm

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