Glastonbury festival is set to take place from Wednesday 22 June, with more than 200,000 people expected to descend on the Worthy Farm site.
The mass of revellers often wreak havoc on the country roads surrounding the festival, causing miles of queues and bringing traffic to a standstill.
Organisers have said that nearly a third of ticket-holders now travel to the site using public transport, which is encouraged to help reduce the carbon footprint of the festival.
However, this could prove impossible for many, as train strikes are expected to cripple networks, with the RMT rail union threatening the largest rail walkout since 1989 over the course of the festival weekend.
Drop and collect
Organisers have set up a 24-hour drop-and-collect point with a bus that runs continuously to and from the festival (Gate A).
They ask that people do not drop off festivalgoers on public roads surrounding the site for safety reasons.
The drop and collect will be open for the public from 9am on Tuesday 21 June until 8pm on Monday 27 June.
Glastonbury has partnered with National Express Coaches, serving 70 locations across the UK.
You can book tickets on the National Express site.
Glastonbury festival organisers list five reasons to use coach travel:
1. It’s direct – you’ll get dropped off and picked up from the Festival site.
2. You won’t have to listen to the sat nav or try reading an upside map while driving.
3. You’ll be tired – after a weekend of late nights, you can let someone else do the driving.
4. The fun can begin as soon as you get on the coach – it will be full of your fellow festivalgoers.
5. It’s greener – everyone on a coach instead of separate cars means less of an impact on the environment.
As well as coaches, there will be hundreds of buses running to the Worthy Farm bus station every day.
For a full list of services – view the timetable on the festival website.
The festival is encouraging revellers to cycle to the site to try to reduce carbon emissions where possible.
Cyclists will be provided with a secure bike lock-up, a cyclists’ campsite and a return luggage delivery service from pre-arranged drop-off sites around Somerset and Bristol.
Any ticket holders coming by car who don’t have a car-parking pass can buy them online for £50 until 15 June by clicking here.
These car park passes are non-transferable.
The website lists directions:
• From south London: M3 then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP).
• From Swindon: M4 then A350 onto the A361. (Sat Nav BA4 4LY).
• From the North East: A1 or M1, M25 to M3 (Junction 12), then A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
• From the Midlands: Preferably M40 and A34 to A303 and A37. (Sat Nav TA11 7DP)
• From the North West: M6, M5 to A39 (Junction 23) then A361. (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
• From Wales: M4, M5 to A39 (as above) (Sat Nav BA6 9XE)
• For more local traffic using the A37 North or A361 East (Sat Nav BA4 4LY)
Drivers have been warned that the worst times to leave by car are on Monday between 8am and 5pm when there can be long delays of up to nine hours to leave the car parks.
Train travel to Glastonbury
Many people choose to take the train to Glastonbury, however RMT strikes have thrown a spanner in the works this year – with strikes due to take place on essential Glastonbury lines on Tuesday 21, Thursday 23 and Saturday 25 June.
Thirteen operators on the national network are expected to affected. These are:
- Avanti West Coast
- Chiltern Railways
- Cross Country Trains
- East Midlands Railway
- Greater Anglia
- Great Western Railway
- Northern Trains
- South Eastern
- South Western Railway
- TransPennine Express
- West Midlands Trains
The industrial action is expected to cause widescale disruption, as up to 80 per cent of passenger services could be cancelled.
In the event of the strikes going ahead, organising alternative transport might prove wise.