Drivers heading to Leicester City Stadium to watch fixtures as part of the Rugby World Cup are being advised to make time to plan their journey in advance to avoid busy periods.
We expect it could be busier than usual on the M1 and M69 as fans travel to the game. With 3 games taking place at the stadium in earlier October, we are anticipating busy periods on the roads a few hours before and after the game.
Leicester will host Argentina vs Tonga at 14:30 on Sunday 4 October, and will be in action again for Canada vs Romania at 16:45 on Tuesday 6 October. The final game at the stadium will take place at midday on Sunday 11 October, between Argentina and Namibia.
Highways England’s regional control centre in Nottingham will be monitoring traffic, setting electronic signs and dispatching patrols of Traffic Officers to clear up any incidents as quickly as possible to keep supporters and other motorway users on the move. They will also be keeping a close eye on the potential for heavy traffic before and after the game.
A Highways England spokesperson said:
We’ve worked closely with the Rugby World Cup organisers, and local partners such as Leicester City Council, to ensure drivers around Leicester have a good journey during the world cup.
We’re not expecting major disruption from the games being held in the city; however, there will inevitably be a rise in traffic as a result of the World Cup and drivers, whether they’re rugby fans or just locals, should be aware and take time to plan their journey to avoid disruption.
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