04 Sep 2012 Last updated at 00:00

Island gears up for Bestival traffic

Residents are advised to plan their journeys to avoid key Bestival traffic routes later this week when thousands of people are expected to travel to Robin Hill for this year’s event.

A map has been produced by the council showing the designated routes for Bestival traffic, outlining areas residents should avoid if possible – including the Hare and Hounds junction and Robin Hill roundabout. It can be found, along with other information about the event, on the council’s website www.iwight.com  
Regular traffic updates will be provided by council highways officers via social media, the council’s website and local media in the lead up, during and after the event. To receive information direct, residents with access to social media are encouraged to follow @iwight on twitter and ‘like’ Isle of Wight Council Service Updates on facebook. Partner agencies, travel companies and the event organisers will also be providing live updates via their social media feeds.
Steps being taken to help keep traffic moving as people arrive and leave at the event include:
- A map detailing these routes for Bestival traffic from the East Cowes and Fishbourne ferry terminals to the event site has been produced showing areas residents are advised to avoid if possible. Go to www.iwight.com/docs/pdfs/bestival_traffic_info.pdf  to view the map. 
- Council staff will be at key locations and patrolling designated routes and surrounding areas to marshal traffic and provide advice to motorists if necessary. 
- Officers will be gathering real-time information on traffic flows and providing regular traffic updates to residents via the council’s facebook and twitter feeds, website and local media - including live officer updates on Isle of Wight Radio, FM 102 and 107. 
- To assist in the free flow of traffic along key routes, vehicles illegally parked on roads designated and signed as ‘clearways’ will be towed away. 
- Alternative routing and traffic and off the highway ‘waiting areas’ have been organised if necessary in order to keep the traffic moving should any of the key routes become blocked or access to the site limited. 
- The council is working with ferry companies and the event organiser to make sure traffic flows smoothly to and from the site. 
Director for the economy and environment at the council, Stuart Love, said: “We would encourage people to familiarise themselves with the designated routes for Bestival traffic and plan their routes to avoid them if possible. We are working closely with the partner agencies and ferry companies to minimise disruption to residents as we welcome thousands of people to the Island for this year’s Bestival. Please allow extra time for your journeys and check local media or our social media feeds for up to date traffic and travel information.”
Useful web and social media links:
www.iwight.com – Isle of Wight Council
www.redfunnel.co.uk – Red Funnel
www.wightlink.co.uk – Wightlink
www.hovertravel.co.uk  – Hovertravel
www.bestival.net – Bestival
@iwight – Isle of Wight Council
@RF_Travel_News – Red Funnel
@wightlinkferry – Wightlink
@HovertravelLtd - Hovertravel
@FestivalCop – Hampshire Police
@HantsPolice – Hampshire Police
@HantsPolRoads – Hampshire Police
@bestival – Bestival

Residents urged to avoid designated Bestival traffic routes if possible
Residents urged to avoid designated Bestival traffic routes if possible
  • Around 5,500 extra vehicles are expected on the Island's roads later this week for the Bestival.
  • Social media feeds are being used by the council to share information directly with residents.
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