Thousands of people are expected to head to the Isle of Wight next week for Bestival. Picture by Robin Crossley.
WITH just over a week to go until the likes of Elton John and Snoop Dogg entertain tens of thousands of people at the Bestival, the Isle of Wight Council has issued advice for residents.
The Robin Hill-based event runs from next Thursday until Sunday and Islanders have been urged to plan their journeys and avoid some routes to avoid delays.
An Isle of Wight Council map showing affected routes can be viewed below.
This year Rowlands Lane will become one-way, with traffic flowing from Havenstreet Main Road junction to the Downs Road, from 6pm on Wednesday until 10pm on Sunday.
The direction will then be reversed and traffic will flow from the Downs Road to Havenstreet Main Road.
The road will return to two-way flow from 6pm on Monday, September 9.
There will be restrictions to public footpaths and bridleways close to the Bestival site during the event, and a 30mph speed limit will be in force on roads leading to and around the site.
To help with traffic arriving or leaving by the Red Funnel car ferry in East Cowes on Monday, September 9, there will be no waiting at any time on Beatrice Avenue, which will become a one-way system from 5am until midnight to reduce congestion.
In Binstead, from 5am on Thursday until 10pm on Monday, September 9, no waiting zones will be in force on Newnham Road.
Council run car parks at Yaverland seafront, Fort Street in Sandown, North Walk and Appley Park in Ryde will be closed and held in reserve each day to be used as vehicle holding areas should the Bestival site become inaccessible for cars.
River Road car park in Yarmouth will also be partially closed. Should they not be required, these car parks will be re-opened to the public at some point each day.
The council, Island Roads, ferry operators, the police and voluntary organisations will have officers stationed on the key routes to help keep traffic moving.
Vehicles illegally parked on roads designated and signed as clearways will be towed.
The council has organised a question and answer session on Facebook where residents can ask partner agencies about the event and changes to services.
The event, which takes place between 6pm to 7pm, on Monday, will involve council officers, Island Roads, Bestival and the police answering questions live. For details on how to take part visit www.facebook.com/isleofwightcouncil and 'Like' the page.
During the Bestival, traffic and travel information will be available online from local media, including www.iwcp.co.uk and via the police, Island Roads and the Isle of Wight Council.
Useful web and social media links:
@iwight Isle of Wight Council
@RF_Travel_News Red Funnel
@FestivalCop Hampshire Police
@HantsPolice Hampshire Police
@HantsPolRoads Hampshire Police
@IslandRoads Island Roads
@IowPolRoads Isle of Wight Traffic Police
@iwcponline Isle of Wight County Press