Picnic traffic plan in place

GARDAI have advised local people to use alternative routes if driving around the site of the Electric Picnic this weekend.

GARDAI have advised local people to use alternative routes if driving around the site of the Electric Picnic this weekend.

Signs will be up on all routes approaching the village, advising people where to go. As with other years, the Cork road from Stradbally to Money Cross will be closed from 8am Friday morning until 3pm on Monday afternoon to facilitate entry to the festival carpark. Residents will have passes according to Sergeant Redmond Cody of the Garda Traffic Corp.

“We do advise people to use alternative routes where possible, as there will be some delays,” he said.

Traffic is expected to be at its heaviest from 12pm to 9pm on Friday and from 9am to 2pm on Monday. Areas that will be particularly busy over the weekend include the N80 from Carlow to Portlaoise, Broomfield Cross, Sheffield Cross, Money Cross and Ratheniska.

Designated privately operated car parking is provided adjacent to the event site on all approved routes. This parking is free to all ticket holders and no roadside parking will be permitted.

Coaches and camper vans are requested to follow the specific coach and camper van signs. Cars displaying ‘Disabled Permit’ should also follow this route. The camper van parking area is open from 7pm on Thursday, September 1 and all other parking areas are open from 9am on Friday, September 2. There are no facilities for parking or camping prior to these times.

The Gardai say anyone going to the festival should be security conscious. People are also advised not to leave valuables exposed in vehicles or in tents. There are safety deposit boxes available on site for a nominal fee.

For more information visit www.electricpicnic.ie.