Keep on moving! Leeds Festival traffic plan aims to kick out the jams

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Leeds Festival bosses have revealed details of a traffic masterplan designed to keep the city on the move during the build-up to this year’s concerts.

Special road arrangements will be put in place as thousands of fans make their way to Bramham Park, near Wetherby, ahead of the start of the annual festival next Friday, August 25.

And event organiser Festival Republic says a series of changes have been implemented to the traffic management plan that mean it should achieve “significantly” better results than last summer.

This year there will be no eastbound closure of the A64 on the Thursday before the festival.

However, the A64 will be closed eastbound between the Fox and Grapes pub and Bramham Interchange from 9pm on Sunday, August 27.

Thorner village will be off-limits to through traffic from the evening of Tuesday, August 22, to late afternoon on Monday, August 28.

And Potterton Lane will be closed at its junction with Kiddal Lane near Barwick in Elmet from the morning of Wednesday, August 23, to late afternoon on August 28.

A Festival Republic spokesman said the revised traffic plan had been drawn up following discussions with Leeds City Council, parish councils and other relevant agencies.

He added: “West Yorkshire Police and Highways England will be monitoring the festival routes and working alongside Festival Republic to keep festival-goers and other road users informed.”

Campsites open at Bramham Park at 2pm on Wednesday for early bird ticket holders.

The peak periods for festival traffic are expected to be 11am to 6pm on Wednesday, 8am to 4pm on Thursday and then 10am to 1pm daily from Friday to Sunday.