Thousands of people will be heading to the Isle of Wight Festival next week. Picture by Jennifer Burton.
THE Isle of Wight Festival traffic plan has been published today (Thursday), with information about road closures and diversions.
The Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads and Hampshire Constabulary have worked with festival organiser Solo to ensure traffic flows smoothly as tens of thousands of revellers head for Seaclose Park, Newport, next weekend.
Those behind the plan hope improvements to festival car parks and the separation of Wightlink and Red Funnel traffic, introduced last year, will keep disruption to a minimum, although residents have been warned some delays are inevitable due to the amount of extra traffic on the roads.
The main route for festival traffic from the Red Funnel terminal, East Cowes, will be through Whippingham, then right at *East Cowes Road. If there are traffic jams, contingency plans are in place for traffic to turn left, on to Alverstone Road, where it can be temporarily 'stacked’ and released when the roads have cleared.
Vehicles travelling from the Wightlink terminal, Fishbourne will be directed through Wootton.
Alternative routes will be used should any of the car park entrances become blocked, or an incident occurs on the roads being used by festival traffic, and additional parking facilities have been made available by the council.
The one way system along Fairlee Road will be in place from lunchtime on Wednesday, June 11.
Council executive member for economy and tourism and Cllr Shirley Smart said: "The council has been working closely with the event organisers and partners to ensure another successful festival. We are all keeping a close eye on the weather and hoping for a sunny weekend for the thousands of visitors — and residents — who will be attending."
Maps, traffic information and and details about changes to council services have been published at www.iwight.com/iwfestival
Residents are advised to avoid the designated festival traffic routes on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday of the event, when traffic volumes are at their highest, and to plan their routes to avoid the busiest roads.
The council, police, ferry companies, Southern Vectis and Island Roads will be posting updates and information online, on Twitter and Facebook and via local media, including the County Press website and on Twitter via @iwcponline
For a list of useful websites and social media accounts, please see below the map.
Isle of Wight Festival 2014 road map
Useful websites/social media accounts:
Isle of Wight Council