Commuters travelling between York and Leeds are being warned to avoid the A64 for the rest of this week as music festival traffic will close off part of the road.
Travellers to the Leeds Festival at Bramham Park, Wetherby will start arriving from Thursday, and the organisers have designed new routes to keep disruption to local residents to a minimum.
Routes used in previous years have been completely disregarded and now the A64 will be closed to all traffic travelling eastbound from the Fox and Grapes pub from 00:01 on Thursday to 05:00 on Friday.
The closure is part of plans to ease the bulk of festival traffic on Thursday, where vehicles will leave the A1(M) at junction 44 and use both lanes of the A62 on a one-way system to get to the festival carparks.
For the rest of the weekend all festival traffic will be directed from the A1(M) at junction 45 (Boston Spa) and follow signs along two local access roads, West Woods Road and Paradise Way.
A police spokesman said: "Through traffic travelling from York to Leeds on the A64 will continue as normal but drivers should be aware that queues are possible with festival traffic between the A1(M) (J44) roundabout and the Fox and Grapes. Non-festival traffic may wish to consider alternative routes, or allow more time for their journey."
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