LATITUDE PREVIEW: Guide to avoiding the heavy traffic at Latitude 2012

PUBLISHED: 16:22 10 July 2012 | UPDATED: 18:03 10 July 2012

The Latitude Festival sign by the lake in 2010. Credit: Ashley Pickering.

The Latitude Festival sign by the lake in 2010. Credit: Ashley Pickering.


Drivers need to plan ahead to avoid disruption and disappointment when the seventh Latitude Festival kicks off this week, organisers have warned.

More than 35,000 people are expected to be heading for Henham Park, near Southwold, on Thursday for the four-day festival featuring Bon Iver, Elbow and Paul Weller.

But organisers Festival Republic are working closely with Norfolk and Suffolk police, and Suffolk County Council Highways, to develop a traffic management plan to ease congestion.

Road users have been advised to allow extra time for their journeys, or use alternative routes, to avoid the heavy traffic when people travel to and from the festival on Thursday, Friday, and Monday.

The A12 and the A145 near Henham Park will be busy, with peak traffic expected on the A12 northbound and the A145 southbound during late Thursday morning and afternoon, and Friday morning.

Most traffic is expected to leave the site late on Sunday evening and before noon on Monday when traffic will be heavy on the A12 in both directions particularly southbound and the A145 southbound.

Travel Guide:

● The routes to the festival will be well sign posted and have been publicised by the organisers via promotional literature, the internet and in written information sent out with all tickets to the event.

● Those travelling from the south on the A12 will be directed straight into site from the A12.

● Those travelling from the Lowestoft direction on the A12 will be directed straight into the site from the A145 via Middle Barn Lane which connects the A12 and the A145.

● Those travelling south on the A145 from the Beccles direction will be directed straight into site from the A145.

● Day ticket holders will be directed straight into site from the B1123.

● Temporary speed limits of 30mph and no stopping orders will be in force along the A145 and A12 and the first section of the B1123 in the vicinity of the gates into site from Thursday to Monday.

● Temporary traffic lights will be in operation on the junction of the A145 and the A12, and the junction of Middle Barn Lane and the A12 all day on Monday. Please allow additional time for your journey on the A12 and A145 on Monday or consider alternative routes where possible.

● A one way system westbound will be in place from the entrance to Henham Quarry along Middle Barn Lane and Craven Manor Lane to the junction with the A145 from Thursday to Sunday night.

● A one way system eastbound will be in place from the A145 along Middle Barn Lane past Henham Quarry to the A12 on Sunday night and Monday day time.

● A no right turn and no left turn order will be in place on the A12 turning onto Middle Barn Lane on the Monday.

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