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Luton Borough Council

Road closures and noise

 

Traffic management

A traffic management plan (TMP) including temporary road closures is being put in place to:

  • minimise, where possible, disruption to local businesses and residents
  • maintain a safe environment for residents and event goers

However, an event of this scale will cause disruption for some people in Luton and surrounding areas, given the sheer scale of people attending the event, For this, we ask for people’s understanding and patience.

Road closures

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  • A1081 Slip Road (to its junction with London Road Roundabout)
  • Alma Link
  • Alma Street
  • Bridge Street
  • Bute Street
  • Cutenhoe Road
  • Dumfries Street (for a distance of 50 metres from its junction with Chapel Street)
  • Dunstable Place
  • Farley Hill
  • Flowers Way
  • George Street
  • Gordon Street
  • Guildford Street
  • London Road
  • New Bedford Road (From its junction with Mill Street to its junction with Manchester Street)
  • Upper George Street
  • Victoria Street
  • Wellington Street (From its junction with Stuart Street to its junction with George Street)
  • Ashburnham Road
  • Bridge Street
  • Bute Street
  • Castle Street (from Windsor Street - Stockwood Crescent)
  • Chapel Street
  • Collingdon Street
  • Longcroft Road
  • New Airport Way
  • New Bedford Road (From its junction with Mill Street to its junction with Manchester Street)
  • Newlands Road

See more road closure FAQs.

What times will the closures be in place?

It's not the case that all these roads will be closed for the whole period publicised on the notices. It's expected that, each day, it will be safe to allow access for residents and permitted vehicles between:

  • peak times for people arriving at the event
  • peak times when festival goers are leaving

Specific dates and times will be signed locally. See below for some estimated times for closures of roads.

Friday 24 May

Timings of closures and reopenings will be phased across the area between the hours of 9.30am Friday and 2am Saturday. Town centre road closures may remain in place longer.

Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May

Timings of closures will be phased across the area between the hours of 8am until 1am on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Town centre road closures may remain in place longer.

Road closure FAQs

These are FAQs about roads included in the Resident Protection Zone (RPZ) and therefore the free residents parking scheme.

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We're receiving an exceptionally high number of emails and are working through them as quick as we can. Thank you for your patience and please be assured that, if you've applied for a digital parking permit for Big Weekend, you can assume that this has been approved unless you hear from us.

Stewards working across the weekend will have your car registration details.

An RPZ is in place over the weekend and those living in the zone will still be able to access their road despite it being closed. See details of the RPZ and free resident parking scheme here.

However, there's an exception to this as Farley Hill and Chapel Street will be closed to all except emergency blue light services.

Cardigan St and Inkerman St will also be closed for a period over the weekend.

They'll be closed on the following days between these hours:

  • Friday from 9.30am to 2am the following Saturday morning
  • Saturday from 8am to 1 am the following Sunday morning
  • Sunday From 8am to 1am the following Monday morning

You'll need move your car off the road before 10am on Friday which is when the closure comes into place. You'll be able to apply for a RPZ permit to park your vehicle elsewhere within the RPZ or you can park in nearby unaffected roads.

See details of the RPZ and free resident parking scheme here.

You'll also be able to park on your driveway off the street if you don't need to move your vehicle during the closure period.

Residents who live in Farley Hill or Chapel St with Zone N permits will be able to park in the Chapel Street Viaduct car park 2 without the need for a parking permit.

These roads will be closed and residents will not be able to park on these roads between these hours:

  • from 8pm Friday to 2am the following Saturday morning
  • from 8pm Saturday to 2am the following Sunday morning
  • from 8pm Sunday to 2am the following Monday morning

You'll be able to apply for a resident parking permit to park your vehicle elsewhere within the RPZ or you can park in nearby unaffected roads. Residents with a Zone G permit will be able to park at Crawley Road car park or Wenlock Street.

There's a full list of streets in the zone, along with a map of the zone. See details of the RPZ and free resident parking scheme here.

You'll still be able to access your road, but you'll need to follow the diversions in place to get access to your property.

We've set the zone by looking at how the road network works on a practical basis in the vicinity of the event. Our aim is to avoid longer diversions elsewhere.

  • Castle Steet will be accessible from Windsor Street to London Road to RPZ permit holders,buses,blue light services and carers only.
  • London Road will be accessible to the junction with Tennyson Road to RPZ permit holders, buses, blue light services and carers only.
  • Diversions for London Road and Cutenhoe Road will be in place and via the A1081 and Newlands Road to the North of the Farley Hill closures.
  • Diversions for Farley Hill will be via Newlands Road, the A1081, B653 & the A505 South of the Farley Hill closures.
  • Vehicles will not be able to access Cutenhoe Rd from London Rd but will be diverted via West Hill Road.

Buses

There will be some disruption to bus services for the duration of the event. You can find details on the local bus company timetables including last bus times on the council’s website.

Local bus route changes (other services may also be affected).

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Farley Hill Road is closed from the town centre end to Stockwood Park so these services will be severely affected unable to serve its normal route on Farley Hill Road and the adjoining side roads alongside Meyrick Avenue. Instead the service will serve Farley Hill via Ashburnham Road, Brantwood Road and Dallow Road in and out of Luton Town. Diverted route for 1 and 4.

London Road will be open for residents and buses only. These routes will continue to serve London Road for the duration of the event, with a pause just around midnight. The bus services may be held up at times at London Road to allow for pedestrians crossings and heavy footfall.

S ervice 46 will not be able to serve Farley Hill Road on its normal route. Going into Luton, the service will follow its normal route up to Slip End – Church Road, at the junction with Newlands Road the service will divert via turning right on to Newlands Road (instead of Left into Farley Hill Road, normal route), London Road, New Airport Way, Gipsy Lane and Luton Town Centre. Outbound the service will follow the above in reverse direction.

To be confirmed.

It is expected that Tennyson Road, Cutenhoe Road junctions with London Road will remain closed so Service 3 normal line of route will be affected. Service 3 may serve straight through London Road with limited access to either Tennyson Road or Cutenhoe Road, if the access cannot be granted, the service may not operate during the Event days. Service 30 may access via London Road, Capability Green, Gipsy Lane into Luton Town Centre.

Noise

We appreciate that the noise from the event has the potential to cause disturbance nearby.

The team will be onsite at Stockwood Park from Thursday 9 May until Monday 3 June. During this period, any activities that may cause noise will take place between 8am and 8pm. However, there may be a requirement to work later than 8pm in the days immediately before the event.

Sound checks and rehearsals are due to take place:

  • Thursday 23 May: between 4& and 6pm
  • Friday 24 May: between 12.30 and 2pm
  • Saturday 25 May: between 9 and 10.30am
  • Sunday 26 May: between 9 and 10.30am

These sound checks will not be at maximum event levels and, although they may last an hour or two, tests will be carried out in short intervals.

Music timings are:

  • Friday 24 May: 2pm to 11pm
  • Saturday 25 May: 10.30am to 10pm
  • Sunday 26 May: 10.30 am to 10pm

Dedicated residents helpline

During the event, if you experience any issues and would like to contact the team, including noise issues, please call the dedicated helpline: 020 3781 7164.

This line will be operational:

  • Wednesday 15 May to Thursday 23 May: 8am to 8pm from 
  • Monday 27 May to Wednesday 29 May: 8am to 8pm from 
  • Friday 24 May: 8am to midnight
  • Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May: 8am to 11pm

Traffic and transport plan overview

See an overview of the event traffic and transport plan including:

  • plan objectives
  • main walking routes
  • pick up and drop off at Capabilty Green
  • road closures
  • Residential Protection Zones
  • permitting scheme
  • Hackney Carriage/Private Hire
  • car parking
  • modes of travel
  • bus services
  • train services
  • contingency plans

Download the traffic and transport plan overview

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