Some travel news for those of you heading off to Cropredy tomorrow, we’ll be there so look out for the Frukie t-shirt and say hi!
A road closure due to late-running engineering work threatens to delay festival-goers attending Fairport’s Cropredy Convention festival. The event takes place on 11, 12 and 13 August and the organisers have recently announced a traffic management plan to minimise disruption.
In March 2011, the Environment Agency and Northamptonshire County Council closed a two-mile stretch of the A361 road as part of the Banbury flood relief scheme. The section of road between Williamscot and Junction 11 of the M40 was due to re-open in July but will not now be ready until October.
The closed section of road is used annually by thousands of music fans heading from the M40 motorway to the festival site between Williamscot and Cropredy villages. This year, however, festival-goers are being asked to use alternative routes.
A traffic management plan has been agreed between Fairport’s Cropredy Convention organisers and local authorities, police, and highways officials. It contains details of diversionary routes and other travel advice. These routes and information are on the Fairport Convention website. The organisers have also emailed customers who have tickets to the three day event.
Gareth Williams, Festival Director, says: “The festival will go ahead as usual but people should allow more time for their journey. For the latest updates, we advise people to keep an eye on www.fairportconvention.com or check Facebook and Twitter for updates.”
“Most of our festival-goers arrive during Thursday morning,” adds Mr Williams, “so that’s when possible delays are most likely.”
“Although we strongly advise people to avoid using M40 Junction 11, the approach to Cropredy on the A361 from the Daventry direction is not affected by the closure. So we suggest people who are coming up the M40 from the south leave at Junction 10 (Cherwell Valley Services) and travel via Towcester and Daventry. People coming from the north can leave the M40 at Junction 12 (Gaydon) and travel via Southam and Daventry.”
“Our traffic plan is intended to get people on site as quickly as possible,” says Mr Williams. “It also aims to reduce inconvenience to neighbouring residents and minimise disruption to local traffic. So we’re asking everyone to stick to ‘A’ roads rather than clog up country lanes and to avoid looking for rat runs through the neighbouring villages.”