A1(M) slip roads to close for Knebworth music festival weekend

The northbound entry and southbound exit of the A1(M) junction 7 are being closed

The northbound entry and southbound exit of the A1(M) junction 7 are being closed

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TWO motorway slip roads will shut as part of a series of traffic measures to coincide with a dance music festival being held in Knebworth this weekend.

Eastern Electrics

Visit the Eastern Electrics Festival 2013 website at www.easternelectrics.com

More than 20,000 people will flock to Knebworth Park for the Eastern Electrics 2013 Festival, which starts on Friday.

As the majority of revellers are expected to arrive and depart by car, closures have been put in place by police to manage traffic and ensure road safety during the three-day electronic festival being held in the grounds of Knebworth House.

Both the northbound entry and southbound exit slip road of the A1(M) Junction 7 at Stevenage will close from 12.01am tomorrow (Friday) until 4pm on Monday. Whittle Way will also close at the junction with Broadhall Way.

There will be further closures in roads around the Hertfordshire stately home.

The Eastern Electrics electro and house music festivalThe Eastern Electrics electro and house music festival

Drivers End Lane will be shut between the junction of the B656 Hitchin Road, Codicote, to the junction with Nup End, Old Knebworth, from 10am tomorrow until noon on Monday.

The same restrictions apply for Hitchin Lane at the junction with Hitchin Road, Codicote, to Drivers End Lane, while Old Knebworth Lane from Odyssey Health Club to the junction with Park Lane will be closed to through traffic.

Access to the health club will remain open. Diversion routes for all closures will be in place.

Sergeant Richard Cruse, from the roads policing unit, said: “Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend the Eastern Electrics Festival and a large number of those are due to arrive by car.

The Eastern Electrics 2012 Festival in London [Picture: Marc Sethi]The Eastern Electrics 2012 Festival in London [Picture: Marc Sethi]

“Traffic flow will be monitored closely during the course of the weekend. However, we would strongly advise festival-goers to leave plenty of time for their journey and try to avoid arriving between 3pm and 7pm on Friday when the area will be busy with rush hour traffic.

“We would also advise local residents to familiarise themselves with the restrictions, leave extra time for their journey and plan alternative routes.”

Having moved to Knebworth from London, Eastern Electrics will feature more than 100 underground house and techno acts over three days and two nights.

The music will run from 2pm to 6am on Friday and Saturday, and 2pm until 10pm on Sunday, across various dance arenas.

The Eastern Electrics 2012 Festival in London [Picture: Marc Sethi]The Eastern Electrics 2012 Festival in London [Picture: Marc Sethi]

For a full list of who is performing and set times, visit here http://services.whtimes.co.uk/herts/pdfs/easternelectricsfestival.pdf

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