- Leeds Locals – help with Festival traffic avoidance.
That would sound the best plan to me – and if you fancy a scenic drive, carry on up the A1 and onto the A168 towards Thirsk, up Sutton Bank and drive through the moors…
Of course, you will be going through the Moors whichever way you go (unless airdropped) – I just meant the drive through Thirsk was preferable to any other such as the horrible York bypass, which is stupid busy nowadays.Posted 8 years ago
Nooooooo! Going along the M62 and then up the A1 at Ferrybridge will bring you out where the A1 and M1 join – aka, traffic hell tomorrow!
Go past Ferrybridge and take the A19 north. Takes you around Selby (thankfully) and then hits the A64 just south of York from where you'll be 15 miles east of the V traffic…Posted 8 years ago
Traveling up to Whitby tomorrow from Manchester. Be passing Leeds around the 2pm mark. Would usually just use the a1m1 link road, but I heard it might get jammed up with the festival traffic.
Any suggestions? Continue on the 62 to Ferrybridge then head north ?
Thanks all.Posted 8 years agoLord SummerisleMember
alternate route avoiding the leeds traffic.
go up the M66/A56 to M65, and up to Colne. then follow the A59 via Skipton and keep following that road to Harrogate/Knaresborough and onto the A1(M) well north of any traffic problems nearer Leeds.
Its a nice route over the pennines that. And fairly free flowing, used to take me about an hour to get from Bacup to Ilkley (turning off the A59 to go down the A65 for that) and about 1 1/2 hrs to go from Bacup to Harewood (roughly half way between Harrogate and Leeds) as a comparison its about 1hr 15mins to go Bacup to Harewood via M66/M62/A1(M)Posted 8 years ago
As a comparison
If I was going the A59 route, I would also be tempted to avoid Harrogate and Knaresborough – instead turn left to Killinghall at the roundabout just before you reach Harrogate (the one with the Traveller's Rest on it) and head towards Ripon and on to Thirsk, thereby bypassing the A1 altogether too (You go over it at one point though). Trying to get through Harrogate/Knaresborough and on to the A1 on the York Road just gives you a different set of problems.Posted 8 years agopacemakerMember
This year has changed – there is no access via the a64 to the festival. They are directing it all onto the a1 where they have a 1 way of some sort, single entrance into the site.
That is wrong, the traffic is for the festival is being brought of the a1/m1 northbound at the A64 which is now one way to the car parks heading along the A64 west, there is NO eastboung traffic on the A64
The southbound traffic is coming off at the Boston Spa junction and the A64 and directed straight into the car parks.
Great fun, considering i live in the Village (thorner) right at the side of the festival site!!
Should ban the thing!!Posted 8 years ago
or again, use part of Lord Summerisle's route as far as Colne, then across towards Keighley via Cowling & Crosshills; from Silsden over the top towards Addingham, then onto the A65 to Ilkley.
From Ilkley take the A660 to Otley, then A659 to Pool in Wharfedale, then north onto the A658 & bypassing the south side of Harrogate & Knaresborough…Posted 8 years agoel_boufadorSubscriber
@ 2pm in leeds, (before any rush hour stuff) I'd be tempted to head into leeds on the M621, inner ring road (a5(m)), up the a58 towards wetherby then from wetherby up A1, thirsk -> a170 hutton le hole > rosedale > egton > whitby
this avoids entirely the festival area and also a64 york bypass (which is v. unpredictable round the monk's cross roundabout).Posted 8 years ago
great drive across nym too!
if you do this, do it early!
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