Glastonbury festival-goers caught up in traffic chaos

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Thousands of festival-goers have been dragging their belongings through the mud

Glastonbury festival-goers have been stuck in queues of up to 12 hours as traffic chaos hit all major routes to the site.

Organisers said rain and ground conditions had caused delays and festival founder Michael Eavis has apologised.

The festival's Twitter account said it was "open for business" but advised festival-goers to expect to queue.

More than 100,000 people are due to descend on Worthy Farm for the event.

The gates officially opened at 08:00 BST but people reported long queues to get on to the site.

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Family's 12-hour travel ordeal to get to Glastonbury Festival

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Festival organisers said the problem was because people were "coming before the gates were open"
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Organisers said current wet weather and ground conditions were causing delays
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People waiting in the traffic queues to get onto the site have started playing cricket

One ticket-holder told the BBC he had been in the queue for "about four and a half hours" and only moved half a mile.

"We're trying to get in the campervan field but we're glad we've come today because we think it's going to be even worse tomorrow," he said.

Others took to social media to vent their frustrations, with Angela Gibbon tweeting: "7 hours in the queue near yet so far away!".

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Traffic queuing along roads into Glastonbury Festival

Steve Saunders posted a shot of the roadside saying: "This is a view of a hedge we've had for a hour. It's a beaut!" while Patrick Dear tweeted: "Talking about necessary survival plans now - which of us to eat first."

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Mike Ross said he had "never been on a roundabout long enough to take a nap before" and Moira tweeted that she had "been in this traffic for 12 hours, that's longer than any of my relationships".

Mr Eavis said he was "sorry for the delay" but the problem was because "people were coming before the gates were open".

"We did ask people to postpone their trip by about six or seven hours but instead of that - funnily enough - more people have come early this time," he said.

"I don't mind them coming early but they're going to have to wait because we don't have the staff or the car parks until 8 o'clock in the morning."

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More than 100,000 people are expected to descend on Worthy Farm for the five-day event

Festival organisers earlier advised people "not to set off" yet or "grab some essentials" for the journey.

A temporary campervan and caravan holding site was set up at the Bath and West show ground near Shepton Mallet and festival-goers were advised to go there.

'Traffic disaster'

Avon and Somerset Police said traffic was queuing on the A37, north and south of the A361 junctions, with further congestion around the A303.

The force advised people to avoid the area "unless absolutely necessary".

Somerset County Council said traffic heading to the festival had caused widespread disruption.

It said a number of school buses had been caught up in the traffic, and were running late or not at all.

Residents described the gridlocked roads as a "traffic disaster".

Lorry driver Jason Barnes called the situation "absolute carnage" and said: "In six hours I've only driven 11 miles. I'm supposed to be working".

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Some music fans said it had taken them hours to get to Worthy Farm because of the queues

Nigel White said the A39 through Ashcott was "virtually at a standstill" while Judith Templeman said "no other event would be allowed to cause this level of mayhem".

"If they can't handle the influx of people in an efficient way so as not to cause this level of disruption on all the access routes around Shepton Mallet... then it should be stopped or limited to the number that can be processed efficiently," she added.

Frome MP David Warburton tweeted it had "not been so bad for years" and he would be writing to Mr Eavis as this was "not good for Somerset".

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Muse, Adele and Coldplay all headlining the main Pyramid stage over the weekend.
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Pictures emerged on Monday showing flooding at the Somerset site, with paths under water and camping areas already turned into mudbaths

The Met Office posted a weather update on its Twitter account, saying further outbreaks of rain over Glastonbury this morning had added to the "already very wet ground conditions."

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Conditions on the festival site are already very muddy

Pictures emerged on Monday showing flooding at the Somerset site, with paths under water and camping areas already turned into mudbaths.

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Glastonbury Festival opens the gates

Muse, Adele and Coldplay are all headlining the main Pyramid stage over the weekend.

Other acts include Jeff Lynne's ELO, Earth Wind & Fire, Ronnie Spector, Art Garfunkel, Madness, Squeeze and New Order.

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