Isle of Wight Festival: Traffic plan published

By a County Press reporter

Thursday, June 5, 2014


Isle of Wight Festival: Traffic plan published

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

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


Island Roads











Travel Companies








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by steve paul taylor

6th June 2014, at 22:25:17

Having fun is NOT what the residence have is it. As for the MX watched by 25000000 on tele, haha shot in the foot springs to mind. Still I cant see it frim Spain.

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by john hanson

6th June 2014, at 21:38:36

Well said DG a perfect summing up and spot on

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by john hanson

6th June 2014, at 21:38:35

Well said DG a perfect summing up and spot on

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by D Gorman

6th June 2014, at 21:08:54

Further more ... I would add that in 10yrs I have never missed an appointment with a customer (or the hospital), had a problem getting a ferry or been stuck in traffic for hours, nor have my children missed an exam or been late for school. Its called planning, simples.

If I have to go to Newport or Cowes during the festival I leave a bit earlier and take a different route, not sit in traffic on Fairlee Road fuming about the visitors because I have a divine right to use that road. It's for 5 days people, get a grip.

Let the Moto X be a warning, local residents got that stopped, what have they got in its place ? ..... an industrial complex that from the downs is going to look awful, but that's ok tourists will flock to look at it.

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by D Gorman

6th June 2014, at 20:55:51

It astounds me that anyone reading this site would want to come to the Island when the overriding impression is that if your intent on having any kind of fun stay away ... your only welcome if you want to sit in your garden and whinge about anything that means you may have to wait an extra 10 minutes to get to Newport.

Ms Carter, are you seriously suggesting that Burnt House Lane should be available as a rat run during the festival, that road is only just passable by one car at a time, for the sake of safety the Council are right to shut it if for no other reason than if you got stuck in there you could still be there by Bestival.

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by steve paul taylor

6th June 2014, at 17:37:40

The Isle of Wight is a playground for the mainland and beyond, all that the NORMAL people of the Island get out of the many events held here it is grief. What about the IOW TT "eh" that should just about book it up for the year. Bring it on.
And I don't think people are moaning ! its called expressing their views and concerns on how these money making events(for a few) are taking over life here and impacting on their lives. Do you expect people to just roll over and die and except it whatever ! I think you may be the selfish ones calling people moaners. Personally IDGAF so don't bother dissing me.

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by Yvonne Carter

6th June 2014, at 16:56:32

The Bestival arrangements seem to rum smoothly. It helps that it isn't held in Newport but on the outskirts. It also does not clash with examinations. Again it would be nice if it was a week earlier so everyone could go or avoid it if they wanted.

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by john hanson

6th June 2014, at 16:25:15

deal with it in 1970 you couldent get to freshwater water for a week from newport but life went on

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by Yvonne Carter

6th June 2014, at 16:06:44

Oh by the way folks - just in case you thought you may be able to use Burnt House Lane if the traffic queues are bad during the Festival - the County Press today lists Burnt House Lane as being closed from 6.30am to 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the Festival. Oh well done! There is a saying coming to mind...... includes a brewery!

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by Steve Smith

6th June 2014, at 15:45:46

No exams during Bestival yet still they moan! Doesn't matter whenever the festival was on, they will always moan!

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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