Press release

Glastonbury Festival traffic advice

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys ahead of Glastonbury festival.

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Drivers are advised that motorways and major A roads leading to the Glastonbury Festival site are likely to be busy this week between Wednesday, 22 June, and Friday, 24 June, as festival goers arrive.

Increased levels of traffic are also expected on Monday, 27 June, as people leave the site at Pilton in Somerset. The primary motorway route for festival traffic to the site is the M5, with drivers exiting at junction 23 to take the A39 and A361, while the A303-A37 is also used for traffic arriving from London.

With Pilton situated five miles outside of Glastonbury, festival traffic has very little impact on the town itself, but drivers are advised that traffic is expected to reach its peak on Wednesday. In previous years the A39 has been heavily congested by mid-morning.

Highways England south west emergency planning officer Gareth Price said:

We’re reminding road users to plan ahead for Glastonbury – 190,000 people are expected to attend this year’s festival and roads leading to the event are likely to be very busy.

Our aim is to keep the Highways England network running whilst keeping festival goers and other road users safe and informed. Check our traffic and travel information channels, set off early and allow plenty of time.

Highways England provides live traffic information via its website or from a phone or mobile device at

Travel information is also available by phone from the Highways England Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 and updates will be provided via Twitter.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways England customer contact centre on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways England press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 21 June 2016