Traffic warning for festival-goers heading to Eastern Electrics 2013 at Knebworth

PUBLISHED: 22:00 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 23:14 01 August 2013

Heavy traffic on the A1(M), ahead of a previous music festival at Knebworth

Heavy traffic on the A1(M), ahead of a previous music festival at Knebworth


DANCE music fans heading to electro festival Eastern Electrics 2013 are being warned about road closures and diversions near the Knebworth Park site.

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The three-day, two-night house and techno party begins tomorrow (Friday) at 2pm, with gates to the Hertfordshire stately home opening at noon.

There will be road closures on the A1(M) Junction 7 (Stevenage south) northbound entry and southbound exit slip roads, and Whittle Way from A602 Broadhall Way, from 00.01am on Friday until 4pm on Monday, August 5.

Around 20,000 revellers are expected to converge on the site over the weekend.

A statement on the Eastern Electrics website says: “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.”

There will be a number of diversion routes in place around the Knebworth House estate over the weekend.

Roads to the festival site will be clearly signed from all directions, and organisers ask that visitors follow the signs at all times and do not rely on SatNav devices, as the routes provided may not necessarily be open.

Traffic travelling from the north, via the A1(M), should exit the motorway at Junction 8 southbound, take the A602 exit of the roundabout and then head along the B656 southbound, where signage will direct them onto Hitchin Lane and into the site.

Motorists travelling from the north via the M1 should exit the motorway at Junction 10 southbound and then take the A1081 northbound, before turning onto the A505, which they should follow towards Hitchin.

They should then take the A602, before following the B656 southbound, where signage will direct them onto Hitchin Lane and into the festival site.

Traffic travelling from the east should follow the A120 from the M11 westbound.

Festival-goers should then use the A10 southbound, before turning onto the A602 westbound towards Stevenage. Upon arrival at Stevenage, traffic should then follow the event signage to the designated car parks.

For those arriving by train, the park entrance is about a mile from Stevenage Railway Station, which is just 20 minutes from London King’s Cross.

Shuttle buses will be running between Stevenage and the festival site and will operate regularly throughout the weekend, starting at noon on Friday and continuing on Saturday and Sunday whilst the trains are running.

The shuttle buses will cost £3 for a single journey or £5 for a return ticket. The journey time to the site is about 10 minutes.

There will be no shuttles leaving the festival site before 9am on Monday, August 5.

Taxis are also available from Stevenage Station, costing around £5 to £7.

Revellers are advised not to use Knebworth railway station as there will be no bus transfers from here to the festival site – and it is a long walk.

* For Eastern Electrics line-up, set times and site map, use the links above right.

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