Part of A43 closed because of Grand Prix

The 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone
The 2011 British Grand Prix at Silverstone

Motorists who regularly use the A43 in Northamptonshire have been urged to remember that on Friday, July 6, part of the road near Silverstone will be closed to through traffic because of the British Grand Prix.

The Formula 1 event at Silverstone is once again looming in the distance, and A43 drivers who use the road to go to work or take the children to school are advised to find an alternative route that day.

The suggested regional diversion is to take the A508 from M1 Junction 15 and proceed onto the A422 and A421, which joins the A43 south of Brackley, clear of the one-way system.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire police said: “If you can avoid the A43 on the Friday – and also the Saturday and Sunday – then please do so as it will be extremely busy with race traffic, with a large crowd expected to cheer on the British drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton.

“The A43 will be closed to traffic to allow the one-way systems to operate - it is anticipated that they will be operational from 4.30am (inbound) and 12.30pm (outbound) on all three days, although timings may change.

“We strongly advise anyone not going to the Grand Prix to steer clear of Silverstone for the duration of the meeting.

“Diversion routes will be put in place to take traffic away from the circuit.”

Temporary ‘crossover’ features are being added to the A43 by the Highways Agency to enable the dual-carriageway lanes to become one-way.

Grand Prix traffic approaching from the north, via the M1 or A5, will be directed to Towcester. From the McDonalds roundabout, traffic will travel southbound along one carriageway for a short distance before being split.

Public cars will be directed into the circuit at Winterhills and the external car parking which runs off this private road. Coaches and official vehicles will be directed to the new Dadford Road interchange and into the coach park by the circuit main entrance.

Traffic approaching from the south, from M40 Junction 10, will be routed north along the A43 to the crossover near Brackley.

Public cars will be directed to the Dadford Road and will access the circuit’s west car parks. Coaches and official vehicles will use a split route that allows them access to the coach park by the circuit main entrance.