Stevenage A1(M) slip roads shut for Eastern Electrics Festival

The northbound entry and southbound exit of the A1(M) junction 7 are being closed

The northbound entry and southbound exit of the A1(M) junction 7 are being closed - Credit: Archant

TWO motorway slip roads will shut this week as part of a series of traffic measures which coincide with a music festival.

Both the northbound entry and southbound exit slip road of the A1(M) junction 7 for Stevenage will close from 12.01am on Friday until 4pm on Monday, as well as Whittle Way at the junction with Broadhall Way.

The closures have been put in place by police to manage traffic and ensure road safety during the Eastern Electrics Festival, which takes place in the grounds of Knebworth House between Friday and Sunday.

Drivers End Lane will also be shut between the junctions for Hitchin Road, Codicote, and to junction with Nup End, Old Knebworth, from 10am on Friday until midday on Monday.

The same restrictions apply for Hitchin Lane at the junction with Hitchin Road, Codicote, and Drivers End Lane, as well as Old Knebworth Lane from Odyssey Health Club to the junction with Park Lane, Old Knebworth.

Access to the health club will remain open and diversion routes for all closures will be in place.

Sergeant Richard Cruse from the Roads Policing Unit said: “Approximately 20,000 people are expected to attend the Eastern Electrics Festival and a large number of those are due to arrive by car.

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“Traffic flow will be monitored closely during the course of the weekend, however we would strongly advise festival-goers to leave plenty of time for their journey and try to avoid arriving between 3pm and 7pm on Friday when the area will be busy with rush hour traffic. We would also advise local residents to familiarise themselves with the restrictions, leave extra time for their journey and plan alternative routes.”

Eastern Electrics Festival, which is expected to attract around 20,000 people, features more than 100 electro and dance acts over three days, running from 2pm on Friday until 10pm on Sunday.

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