Music festival season is well and truly upon us, and next up is V Festival in Staffordshire this weekend.
The two-day event will see an expected 70,000 festival-goers flood to Weston Park, near Stafford, on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20.
The roads around the region will be busy as people head to the park to see headline acts including Pink, Craig David and Jess Glynne. And advice has been issued to festival-goers ahead of the event, in case they they get caught up in traffic.
Now David Patmore, assistant emergency planning officer at Highways England, has outlined the planning that goes into organising road systems ahead of busy weekends like this one.
Mr Patmore said: "Months ahead of the festival, we work hard alongside event organisers, the police and other partners, using our expertise in handling traffic to help ensure festival-goers have a trouble-free journey to kick off their weekend of fun.
"We strongly advise festival-goers and road users in the area to plan ahead, ensure vehicles have sufficient fuel and to have plenty of drinks, such as water, available in the vehicle in case of any delays."
Signs will be displayed on Staffordshire roads to help guide festival traffic onto the right routes, dependant on where they are travelling from.
Busy roads won’t end when the festival does on Sunday, August 20, either, with the Monday morning commute set to be effected as tired festival-goers head back home that morning, he said.
Mr Patmore has given specified advice for those travelling to V festival, to make sure the journey is as easy and enjoyable as the musical entertainment that awaits them.
He said: "The campsite opens at midday on Friday, August 18, and close at midday on Monday, August 21, so we expect the run-up to and from these times to be particularly busy. We also expect traffic to be busier in the area throughout the weekend.
"The M5 will be operating a contra-flow system between junctions 1 and 2 with 30mph speed restrictions implemented because of the Oldbury renewal scheme. There may be some issues around junction 6 of the M6 with the ongoing repair scheme on the A38 with traffic busy around Junctions five and seven.
"Therefore the M5 will be very busy for those heading to and leaving the event from the south west – so they need to pick their travel time very carefully to avoid delays or perhaps even find an alternative route as far south as Worcester or the M50 to the A49 and head onto the A5.
"Those travelling from the south should use junction 10a of the M6 and then to travel onto the M54 towards the venue. Using the M54 to junction 3 from the south is the best way into the festival and attendees can be off the motorway and parked up in less than 20 minutes. Those travelling from the north should use junction 12 of the M6."
Highways England will be providing live traffic updates throughout the weekend, which can be seen through their website on www.highways.gov.uk/traffic. Travel information will also be available through the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000 or on their Twitter page, @HighwaysEAST and @HighwaysWMIDS.