Traffic restrictions for those leaving Isle of Wight Festival

Traffic departure from festival "to be controlled"

Photographer:Mark Holloway

Chris Swindells - 24 June 2012

*** Updated 08:49am Monday 25/06 ***

First reports from the site hint at a smooth exodus of traffic and people as Wightlink Ferries report: "All sailings are running to timetable and there are no delays or queues at any terminals."

Wightlink is operating a revised timetable and has advised that vehicles will not be accepted at terminals until 30 minutes prior to booked departure time.

Red Funnel has asked vehicle passengers not to arrive more than one hour before their booked departure time. All foot passengers will be boarded on a first come, first served basis.

Police have advised drivers to test their brakes by slowly and gently pressing down on the brake pedal as vehicles may take longer to stop because of the mud.

They also ask people to clean their brake lights so they are visible to other motorists and pedestrians.

Festival organisers have posted this message online yesterday afternoon (Sunday): "Festival goers - we have reports that many people are taking their cars out of festival car parks and then dumping them on verges at East Cowes. Clearly, this could cause obstruction and further delays later this evening and tomorrow morning when the volume of traffic leaving increases.

Please don't do this - if you're moving your car, please park with consideration, there is on-street parking and car parks with spaces available in Newport.

Thank you."

More than 100 four-wheel drive vehicles have been commandeered to help cars exiting the car parks, with additional police on hand.

The local council has been heavily involved with plans to ease traffic congestion - which blighted festival goers arriving on site on Thursday evening.

Stuart Love, Director of Economy & Environment for the Isle of Wight Council, said: "As you can imagine this is a constantly evolving situation.

"Regulating movement from the car parks should mean that the situation today and Monday will be very different to that on Thursday and Friday when the congestion was unacceptable."

In a statement released after an emergency meeting with the authorities, promoters Solo said: "There is a plan of action in place today and tomorrow for you to get your car out and on your way.

"It has been an incredible weekend of music and I hope you have enjoyed it."

A website has been set up with islanders offering accommodation, clothes and help to festival-goers in need.

BBC South weather presenter Alexis Green said in eight hours from midnight on Saturday 17.4mm (0.68inch) of rain fell at St Catherine's Point weather station on the island.

Alex Marshall, Chief Constable for Hampshire Police said the rainfall had had an "unprecedented impact".

"I'd ask that those heading home by car drive sensibly and carefully," he said.

"Due to the volume of traffic on the site drivers should expect some delays and we would ask you to be patient and remain with your vehicles, as the organisers work to get you home.

"The unprecedented impact the rain had on the site brought with it a unique challenge in the festival's 11-year history."

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and Pearl Jam have headlined Froday and Saturday night of the festival respectively. Bruce Springsteen & the E-Street Band are due to close the Sunday night of the festival this evening.

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