Drivers in England warned to 'keep off' motorway from '7am next Wednesday'

Drivers heading back from Glastonbury at the end of the music festival have been warned to brace for "nine hour" queues. Motorists and road users have been warned against arriving at the site in Pilton in Somerset at the "worst" possible time.

Motoring groups and festival organisers issued the alert ahead of Sza, Dua Lipa and Coldplay headlining the event. Glastonbury warned: “The worst time to arrive by car is between 7am and 2pm on Wednesday. In recent years at peak times, the A39 queue to get into car parks took several hours, while it took less than an hour for those travelling on the A37.”

The event, which will also see performances from IDLES, Fontaines DC, Jungle and more, will see roughly 200,000 people attend the five-day event which starts on June 26 in Somerset. The routes around the South West including the M4, M5 and A39 are anticipated to be busier than usual on Wednesday, June 26.

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Drivers should consider leaving in the early morning of Monday between 1am and 7am to avoid queues, experts warned. The worst time to travel is on Monday, July 1, between 8am and 5pm when there can be long delays of up to nine hours.

Chris Wood, AA Patrol of the Year explained that whether “you’re a music or a sports fan, it’s vital that your car is event-ready". Taking extra time to carry out a few basic vehicle checks, including breakdown cover latest offers, “can save you a lot of hassle later,” Wood detailed.

Chris Sheldrick, co-founder and CEO of what3words added: “At busy events such as Glastonbury and Wimbledon, it can be tricky to describe meet-up points with friends, and direct assistance should you have vehicle troubles in the expansive car parks.

"What3words enables The AA to pinpoint the exact location of your breakdown and send their teams to help as quickly as possible."