Traffic plan launched for British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on his way to victory at the 2011 British Grand Prix
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso on his way to victory at the 2011 British Grand Prix
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Northamptonshire Police will be supporting the British Grand Prix traffic plan as thousands of motorists from home and abroad begin to descend on Silverstone next week.

The aim of the traffic plan, which again will see the A43 closed for three days, is to ensure motorists get into the event as quickly and safely as possible, and also to ensure those motorists not going to the Grand Prix can bypass Silverstone smoothly.

The Formula 1 showpiece takes place at the Northamptonshire circuit between July 6 and 8.

Interest in this year’s race is again extremely high and a huge crowd and a high volume of race traffic is anticipated for the nation’s largest weekend sporting event.

As always, the police message to non-race traffic is clear… avoid the roads around Silverstone for the duration of the race weekend.

Race traffic will be directed into the circuit via a one-way system on the A43 and the traffic flow will then be reversed at the end of the event.

A temporary restriction on heavy goods vehicles – those more than 7.5 tonnes – will be put in place to avoid any of these vehicles becoming ‘trapped’ in the Silverstone area.

This restriction will apply between the hours of 4.30am and 9pm on all three days of the event.

Superintendent Sean Bell, this year’s Grand Prix event commander, said: “We strongly advise anyone not going to the Grand Prix to steer clear of Silverstone for the duration of the meeting. In particular we would urge all road users to be patient and to make sure they pay attention to the signage for the event.

“We will be maximising the use of the road network in and around Silverstone to get everyone to and from the event as quickly and safely as possible.”

All Grand Prix traffic approaching on the M1, from either direction, will be directed off the motorway at Junction 15A to join the A43 southbound and traffic on the A5 will filter into this traffic stream at Towcester.

Traffic approaching via the M40 will be routed along the A43 northbound from Junction 10.

The main southbound diversion route will be from the M1 Junction 15A to Junction 15, A508 to Milton Keynes, A422 to Buckingham and A421 to A43.

The main northbound diversion route will be from the A43 onto the A421 to Buckingham, A422 to Milton Keynes, A508 to M1 Junction 15 and M1 Junction 15 to 15A at Northampton.

For more detailed traffic information visit www.northants.police.uk/silverstone.