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Leeds Festival Weekend Travel Restrictions In Place

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9:26am 19th August 2014

Festival Republic, the organisers, have been working together with all of the traffic agencies over the last nine months to produce a traffic management plan for this year’s Festival.  The aim of the plan is to minimise disruption to local residents and to those travelling on the road network. The police and the Highways Agency will be monitoring the Festival route and working together to keep Festival-goers and other road users informed and help minimise any traffic congestion.

The routes to the Festival will be well signed and are displayed on the Festival Republic website; these details have been sent out with each Festival ticket.

This year all traffic will be directed from the A1(M), to exit at Junction 45 (Boston Spa) and use the local access roads West Woods Road and Paradise Way, to travel to the Festival site.

An additional route will be available on Thursday 21st August; this is the busiest day for Festival traffic. Festival traffic will use the A1(M) to Junction 44 (A1(M)/A64 Bramham Interchange) where traffic will exit and continue on the A64 westbound towards Leeds.  Traffic will be using both lanes on a one-way system on the A64 and will turn right into the Festival car parks, (opposite the Dogs Trust).

To manage this additional route, the A64 is being closed to all through traffic travelling eastbound from the Fox and Grapes from midnight Wednesday 20th August and all day Thursday 21st August until 5am Friday 22nd August.

Through traffic travelling from York to Leeds on the A64 will continue as normal but drivers should be aware that queues are possible with Festival traffic between the A1(M) J44 (Bramham Interchange) and the Fox and Grapes.  Non-Festival traffic may wish to consider alternative routes, or allow more time for their journey.

Bus routes on the A64 eastbound from Seacroft towards the A1(M) roundabout will be diverted on Thursday 21st August.  For up to date information, please contact Metro www.wymetro.com or telephone 0113 245 7676.

The roads and junctions that are likely to be much busier than normal as a result of the Festival traffic from Wednesday 20th August to the afternoon of Friday 22nd August are:

  • A1(M) northbound and southbound at Junction 45 (Boston Spa)
  • Grange Moor roundabout
  • Wattle Syke roundabout
  • West Woods Road
  • Tenter Hill
  • Paradise Way

In addition to the above, traffic on the following roads on Thursday 21st August will also be busier than normal:

  • A1(M) at Junction 44
  • Bramham Interchange roundabout (A1(M)/A64)
  • A64 westbound

On Monday 25th August, as the visitors leave the Festival site, all of the above routes will again be busier than normal but queuing should not be as significant. However drivers are strongly advised to avoid the A64 eastbound during the morning and lunchtime of Monday 25th August as exiting traffic is likely to be particularly heavy along this route.

Drivers are strongly advised to use alternative routes wherever possible and avoid the above areas or, if unavoidable, to allow plenty of extra time for their journeys.


The following temporary traffic orders are in place as part of the overall traffic plan:

Kiddal Lane and Potterton Lane

Kiddal Lane will be closed at the junction with the A64 / York Road, and Potterton Lane will be closed at the junction with Kiddal Lane from the morning of Wednesday 20th August to late afternoon on Monday 25th August

Access will of course be maintained for local residents.

Aberford Road / Junction with A64

Aberford Road and its junction with the A64 will be closed on Thursday 21st August only during the period of the A64 eastbound closure.


On Thursday 21st August those drivers who normally use the A64 eastbound are advised to use the following alternative routes to avoid the majority of Festival traffic:

  • Ring Road to M1 Junction 46, north to the A1(M) and then take A64 towards York
  • Ring Road to A58, to Jct 45 of the A1 (M), south on the A1(M) and then take A64 towards York
  • East Leeds Link (A63) to M1, north to the A1(M) and then take A64 towards York
  • M621 to M1, north to the A1(M) and then take A64 towards York
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