Silverstone Reveals Road And Party Plans
8:01am 23rd June 2013
Bosses at Silverstone racing circuit have announced musician Alistair Griffin will return to the main stage to help divert British Grand Prix race goers from making an early exit following the big race on Sunday (30th June).
Griffin will be joined by singer Joseph Whelan and several of the Formula 1 drivers at the event's "After party".
Traffic managers hope that race goers make the most of Silverstone’s entertainment package and that a staggered departure will ease the pressure on the county’s roads during the afternoon.
Ian Ledingham, the police traffic manager for the British Grand Prix told Mix 96:
"The fact that Silverstone now provides entertainment into the evening, beyond the conclusion of the Grand Prix, has been beneficial to the circuit’s traffic plan which we support. We want everyone to get away as quickly and safely as possible and a staggered departure really does help.
While there hasn’t been the congestion of ten or so years ago, motorists still need to be realistic. As at any large event or gathering, when a large volume of traffic looks to use a limited amount of road space, delays are inevitable.
But providing motorists pay close attention to the signage, and follow given instructions, it should not be long before they are on their way."
The 2013 Formula One event will run from June 28 to 30 and remains the largest weekend sporting event to be staged in this country.
Police superintendent Sean Bell, Event Commander for Formula 1 British GP told Mix 96:
"The closure of the A43 trunk road between Northampton and Oxford to through traffic for three days - from Friday through to Sunday - has resulted in detailed arrangements being made to satisfy the needs of all road users in the area.
Last year's event was hit by bad weather and hopefully the sun will be shining throughout the Grand Prix weekend this year - however, if you are delayed, please be patient and do not abandon your vehicles on verges, roundabouts and other areas that disrupts the one-way systems in place. Your vehicle will be towed away."
On Friday (28 June), the A43 will be closed to through traffic.
The suggested regional diversion is to take the A508 from M1 Junction 15 and proceed onto the A422 and A421, which joins the A43 south of Brackley, clear of the one-way system.
And if you can avoid the A43 on the Friday – and also the Saturday and Sunday – then please do so as it will be extremely busy with race traffic, with a large crowd expected to cheer on the British drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.
The A43 will be closed to traffic to allow the one-way systems to operate - it is anticipated that they will be operational from 4.30am (inbound) and 12.30pm (outbound) on all three days, although timings may change.
Grand Prix traffic approaching from the north, via the M1 or A5, will be directed to Towcester. From the McDonalds roundabout, traffic will travel southbound along one carriageway for a short distance before being split.
Public cars will be directed into the circuit at Winterhills and the external car parking which runs off this private road. Coaches and official vehicles will be directed to the new Dadford Road interchange and into the coach park by the circuit main entrance.
Traffic approaching from the south, from M40 Junction 10, will be routed north along the A43 to the crossover near Brackley.
Public cars will be directed to the Dadford Road and will access the circuit’s west car parks.
Coaches and official vehicles will use a split route that allows them access to the coach park by the circuit main entrance.
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