THE traffic plan for this year’s Electric Picnic will be the same as the last two years ,but Gardaí have emphasised that everyone heading to this weekend’s festival follow the signs and directions given.
Speaking last week Inspector Martin Harrington asked everybody driving to concentrate especially when driving on the side roads leading to the veue. “There will be a very heavy flow of traffic from 4pm to 7pm and we don’t want any accidents or a backlog of traffic. There will be a slight change to the traffic on Sunday but it will be well signposted”.
Traffic coming from Dublin will be exiting the motorway at Junction 16 and following onto the Broomfield roundabout on the Stradbally Road. Traffic coming up the M7 from Limerick will be exiting at Junction 17. Traffic will be heavy through Abbeyliex, Ballacolla and Ballyroan as festival goers will be leaving the M8 and travelling through these towns to Stradbally.
Traffic coming from Carlow and Athy will be coming straight to Stradbally. Parking for day ticket holders on Sunday will be on the N80 road to Portlaoise. All routes and carparks will be well signposted and Gardaí will be on point duty throughout the area.
Inspector Harrington also emphasised to people leaving the festival either on Sunday night or Monday morning to ensure that they have adequate rest and are able to drive. “Please make sure that you are in a fit condition to drive. I also can’t emphasise enough to bring appropriate clothing for your own health, keep that in mind. When you’re sober think about the stupid things you may do when you’re drunk”.
He said that he hoped everyone enjoy the weekend and stay safe and secure. There will be Gardaí on duty throughout the venue so people will if no problems finding a Garda if they need to. There is also a Garda station on site throughout the weekend.
He was echoed by Superintendent Yvonne London. “We have had a very successful festival to date and we want to continue the ethos this year. This is a local event and I want to assure the people of Stradbally that business will continue as usual and the usual arrangements are in place for access passes. We want to minimise the inconvenience for people”.
She added that Gardaí have a robust ploicing plan in place to ensure the smooth entrance and exit of everybody. The Gardaí also asked people not to bring valuable items including iphones, Ipads and laptops to the festival, to minimise the risk of theft. There will be updates throughout the week and weekend on both the Garda website and www.electricpicnic.ie and people are advised to check these and EP’s Facebook page for the latest information.