Download Festival and East Midlands Airport traffic warning

Festival goers at Download Fans can expect to see Iron Maiden at the East Midlands festival

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Fans planning to attend a rock music festival and passengers at a nearby airport have been warned to expect heavy traffic in the area.

The annual Download Festival, at Castle Donington, Leicestershire, is expected to attract 90,000 from 14-16 June.

During last year's event roads became gridlocked, and some people walked along the hard shoulder of the M1 with luggage to reach East Midlands Airport.

The Highways Agency advised people to leave plenty of time for their journey.

Police said an unprecedented number of cars tried to access the Castle Donington site last year, causing delays to passengers at the neighbouring East Midlands Airport.

A decade of Download

Member of Slipknot
  • Download Festival was first conceived in 2003
  • Monsters of Rock and Ozzfest proceeded the annual event at Donington Park
  • Download became a three-day event in 2005
  • American band Slipknot have often been on the bill

Those planning to get to the festival campsite on Wednesday or Thursday night have also been warned the A453 will be closed in both directions, between junction 24 of the M1 and East Midlands Parkway Station, due to widening improvements.

Steve Parker, Highways Agency manager, said: "Major roads and motorways in the area, including the M1, A42, A50 and A453, are likely to be busy.

"All routes to the festival will be well signposted, but people travelling in the area should plan their journey in advance and check the latest travel conditions before they set out."

Leicestershire Police said road users not heading to the festival should seek alternative routes or be prepared for delays.

The line-up at the Download event includes Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slipknot and Queens of the Stone Age.

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