Traffic and travel information for Reading Festival
Published: 16 Aug 2013 15:110 comments
THIS time next week fans will be flocking to town to pitch tents and prepare for a weekend packed with multi-million-selling and up-and-coming bands.
The sold-out Reading Festival runs from Friday, August 23 until Sunday, August 25, with early entry ticket-holders pitching up at Little John's Farm, off Richfield Avenue, from Wednesday..
Headlining the Main stage this year are pop-punk veterans Green Day on Friday, rap legend Eminem on Saturday and alt-rock titans Biffy Clyro on Sunday, with scores more acts entertaining the 90,000 ticket holders over the course of the weekend.
Drivers are warned to avoid the area immediately around the festival site during the weekend, and to allow more time for their journeys, with the heaviest traffic expected from today until Friday, as festival-goers arrive on-site, and on Bank Holiday Monday as they leave.
Tony Page, Reading's Lead Councillor for Transport, said: "Over many years of hosting the festival the Council has learnt to work alongside organisers to help minimise delays but, as in previous years, we would advise people to use public transport if at all possible."
Parking restrictions are in place in roads surrounding the site, and the official drop-off and pick-up points are located at Kings Meadow only. There will no drop-off or pick-ups allowed Richfield Avenue or other roads close to the festival site.
Festival car parking is available at Mapledurham and Kings Meadow, and a free boat service will be provided from Kings Meadow to help transport ticket-holders and their belongings to the festival. For visitors parking at Mapledurham, a pedestrian bridge has again been constructed into the site.
The Thames Path will be closed from 9pm-6am from Thursday to Saturday, August 24. The closure will apply between Scours Lane to the far end of Thames Side Promenade. The temporary closure is implemented for security and safety grounds.
Temporary traffic management will also be in operation at the Napier Road/Vastern Road roundabout, in addition to the areas immediately around the site, during Bank Holiday Monday.
Special buses are being laid on to get local people home on the final night of this weekend's Reading Festival.
There will be three routes providing direct connections to south and west Reading and the town centre. The council-contracted Night Track service does not normally run on Sunday nights, but for the second year running Reading Buses is laying on extra buses just for Sunday night and the early hours of Monday.
Route N5 buses will cover Northumberland Avenue, Whitley Wood and Kennet Island; the N21 to the University, Lower Earley and Woodley; and the N26 to Southcote, Beansheaf and Calcot. A flat £2 fare will be charged.
Reading Buses is running its usual shuttle service to and from Reading Station and the festival site from next Wednesday. Buses will run from Station North, starting at 8.50am on Wednesday, and operating frequent services through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday with a good service on the Saturday and Sunday. Signs and helpers around the station will direct festival-goers to the buses.
During the weekend, buses will also run to and from Friar Street and the festival site to enable revellers to shop in the town centre. From as early 2am on Monday, August 26, shuttle buses will run to take festivalgoers back to the station for a flat £1 fare.
First Great Western are advising festival-goers to allow at least two hours to get from the festival site to catch their train when booked on a specific service.
All access to the train station will be via the North entrance off Vastern Road.
Residents can call the Council's hotline number 01189 380405, open from 7am Wednesday, August 21st until midday Monday, August 26th. Before and after the festival, residents with concerns or queries can call Reading Borough Council on (0118) 937 3737.