10:04AM, Tuesday 23 August 2016
Reading Festival will return this Bank Holiday weekend — and motorists are being warned the roads around Berkshire may be a little busy.
Highways England is advising drivers motorways and major A roads leading to the festival site in Richfield Avenue will probably be busy from tomorrow (Wednesday) as tens-of-thousands of music fans make their way to the event.
The busiest day for traffic is expected to be Thursday, while plenty of cars are expected on the roads on Monday as people leave the festival.
Festival traffic heading along the M4 will come off at junctions 11 and 12 and use local access roads to get to the site.
Non-festival traffic is advised to consider alternative routes or allow more time journeys.
Emergency planning manager for Highways England in the South East, Oliver Brown said: "Highways England will be doing all we can to alleviate congestion on the major routes to the event to keep traffic flowing, even so it will be busier than normal in this area over the festival weekend.
"We have a lot of experience of handling events like this and have tried and tested systems in place. We work with our emergency service colleagues and the event organisers to ensure those heading for the events get there with minimum fuss and delays."
Drivers are being urged to plan their route in advance and keep up-to-date with the latest travel conditions.
Information about diversions and delays will be provided using electronic message signs.
Go to the Reading Festival website for more information.