Leeds Festival-goers are being encouraged to use public transport when travelling to and from the August weekender.
In the words of Arcade Fire, who warm up for final act Red Hot Chili Peppers on the Sunday night, 'No Cars Go' – or as few as possible anyway.
As with previous years, organisers Mean Fiddler are keen to encourage festival goers to respect local residents and the environment and have put in place travel options to encourage everyone to leave their cars at home.
The following information has been issued by organisers. It includes alternative ways to travel but also has some good tips for motorists who do choose to drive. Remember, also, to visit our Festival Travel Guide, brought to you in association with The AA.
By Coach direct to the site
There are special National Express and See Coaches festival services running directly into the site from all over the UK. For more information call:
08705 80 80 80
0870 060 3775
By Rail to shuttle bus services (Leeds and York Stations)
There are regular shuttle bus services to and from Leeds Railway Station, Leeds Bus Station and York Railway Station straight into site. For further information and timetables of the shuttle buses visit www.leedsfestival.com or call 0113 263 9491. For further information on rail services call 08457 484950 or visit www.trainline.com
The Lift Share scheme
If you have to use your car, then please consider using the lift share scheme. Lift sharing is a great way to reduce traffic congestion to the festival; it also saves money, hassle and helps reduce global warming at the same time. You can ask for a contribution towards costs and save some money on your own travel, or preferably don't bring a car at all. It's also another great way to meet new people at the festival and takes a lot of pressure off the local roads. If you have spare seats in your car, or you don't really have to use your car, then please consider lift-sharing. It definitely must be part of the future of private transport. To register please visit www.liftshare.org or www.freewheelers.co.uk/Leeds_Festival
Driving tips to and from the festival
Major trunk roads and motorways in West Yorkshire are likely to be very busy just prior to and during the August Bank Holiday, as drivers head to The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival.
The festival, which runs from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August, is taking place at Bramham Park which is east of Leeds, south of Wetherby and close to the A1 and A64.
Drivers are being advised to allow extra time for their journeys, and non-Festival traffic is being advised to avoid the area if possible.
Peak traffic flows are likely on Thursday 23rd August and on the morning of Friday 24th August as festival goers arrive on site. Most traffic is expected to depart the site late in the evening on Sunday 26th August and before noon on Monday 27th August. Organisers, Mean Fiddler, ask all festival goers to try and avoid these periods unless necessary to minimise congestion.
The organisers have been working closely with West Yorkshire Police, the Highways Agency, and Leeds City Council to develop traffic management plans which aim to ease congestion around the site, minimise disruption to the road network and ensure regular road users are affected as little as possible. The police will monitor traffic congestion on the local road network and, if necessary, put into action agreed diversion routes where necessary
Travelling to the festival
The routes to the festival will be well signposted and have been publicised by the organisers via promotional literature, the internet and in written information sent out with all tickets to the event.
Those travelling from the South on the M1 will be directed onto the A63 to the Leeds ring road (A6120) and then eastbound onto the A64.
Those travelling from the South and the North on the A1 will be directed to the A659 (westbound), to the A58 (southbound) to the Leeds ring road (A6120) and then eastbound onto the A64.
Regular users of the A64 are strongly advised to consider using alternative routes wherever possible and to allow extra time when using the M1, A6120, A63, A58 Southbound and A64 during the festival period and in particular on Thursday 23rd August.
Traffic that would normally use the A64 Eastbound to access the A1(M) and East Coast should use the A63 and the M1 North.
Traffic that would normally use the A64 Westbound to access Leeds City Centre and Leeds East should use the M1 (South).
Traffic that would normally use the A64 Westbound and Ring Road A6120 to access Leeds North should use the A1 (North), A659 and A61.
Traffic that would normally use the Ring Road A6120 to access the A1(M) and the M1 (South) and the East Coast should use the A58 North and the A1(M)
For advise on how to travel to any festival, check out our Festival Travel Guide, in association with The AA.