INCREASED SECURITY TO IMPACT GLASTONBURY TRAFFIC
- New Waze data reveals best and worst drive times to the world’s greatest music festival as organisers hope to avoid a repeat 2016 traffic chaos
- Increased security expected to lead to longer queues into the event
Hoping to help festival goers avoid the infamous Glastonbury traffic queues, real-time sat nav app Waze has released data warning drivers of peak times to avoid. Waze predicts about 44% of people will arrive on the first official day with 9pm - midnight on Wednesday 21st June being the most congested. Based on 2016 driving data, over 10% of drives are likely to be made before the event even begins, and 25% of attendees miss Day 1 (and the worst of the traffic) choosing to arrive on Day 2 (Thursday 22nd June) instead. It may be hard to steer clear of some of the key routes but it’s worth noting that the A37, A39, A303 and M5 will be congested at peak times.
According to Glastonbury organisers, security queues into the event will be at their longest on Wednesday 21st June. Waze suggest arriving on Thursday (June 22nd) or Friday (June 23rd), when wait times are likely to be considerably smaller. Drivers are being urged to alert fellow festival goers of jams on the app to help others avoid further car park tailbacks.
Festival goers should note that there will be no entertainment or facilities in the car parks and drivers will be expected to remain in their cars until the Festival gates open so it’s advised to schedule the route before setting off to identify how long the journey will take at given times of the day. Our live updates give us the most accurate ETAs to help drivers plan their arrival on site.
Fig 1. Drivers to Glastonbury in 2016
Waze advises festival goers who want to avoid the bumper-to-bumper traffic on Day 2, to aim to arrive before 1200 or after 1600.
Fig 2. Drivers will be leaving home between 6-7am on day 1.
Last year, Glastonbury festival-goers were stuck in queues of up to 12 hours as traffic chaos hit all major routes to the site. Organisers said rain and ground conditions had caused delays and festival founder Michael Eavis apologised. With more than 100,000 people due to descend on Worthy Farm, festival organisers will be under pressure to ensure there is no significant disruption to residents, businesses and others passing through the area.
UK Head of Waze, Finlay Clark, says: “Last year Glastonbury struggled with the weather which exacerbated the already high volumes of traffic heading to the site. We can help give locals, organisers and festival goers a big advantage this year because drivers will be getting real-time route advice to help them avoid the busiest travel times, the most congested hotspots and give real-time updates on security queues. The shared objective here is to help people to and from the event safely and maximise their time at what is sure to be a great weekend.. Whilst the Kaiser Chiefs will be ‘predicting a riot’, let’s hope for a calmer time on the roads”.
Download the free Waze app for iOs or Android at https://www.waze.com/en.