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Motorists reminded of weekend V Festival traffic

Staffordshire motorists are being reminded that roads in the south of the county will be busy this weekend as thousands of people arrive for the V Festival at Weston Park.

The county council has been working with festival organisers, the police and Highways England to ensure people travel to the festival site safely and with minimum disruption. Those travelling on roads near the site are being urged to check traffic information and consider other routes – particularly throughout Friday and on Monday morning.

V Festival takes place this Saturday August 19 and Sunday August 20, with the campsite opening on Friday. Main routes in the south of the county such as the M6, M54, A449 and A5 are expected to be busy, especially on Friday.

Anyone travelling to the festival should only follow official V Festival traffic signs. Highways England will be closing the M6 northbound exit slip at junction 12 to relieve the pressure on the A5 and Gailey Island. Traffic travelling from the south along the M6 will not be able to exit at junction 12 of the M6, and should follow signs for the M54, as should traffic travelling from the west. Festival-goers arriving from the north, so travelling southbound, should use the M6 Toll and the M54.

Staffordshire County Council’s highways team is lifting all works and traffic management off the A449 for its junction works with Gravelly Lane from midnight on Thursday August 17 until midnight on Monday August 21.

Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet support member for highways and transport Helen Fisher said:

V Festival promises to be a fantastic event and brings thousands of people into Staffordshire. It is a well-established festival and most people living in the area will be well prepared and have planned their journeys accordingly. We’re just reminding people who usually use main roads around the event to do the same. Anyone travelling to the festival should only follow official routes and travel advice or alternatively use the bus service running from Stafford station. We hope they all have a safe and enjoyable time.”

Details about travelling to the festival can be found at www.vfestival.com

For the latest traffic information, people should go to the Highways England website at: www.trafficengland.com or www.roadworks.org

V Festival is the county’s largest visitor event – known to attract up to 85,000 festival-goers every year, and brings in around £9million to the local economy.