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Live updates: Download Festival traffic M1 and surrounding routes

Delays are building on the M1 southbound around East Midlands Airport for routes where traffic leaves Download Festival 2024.

Updates to follow…


AA Roadwatch | 8:31 am Monday 17 June

Severe delays of eleven minutes and delays increasing on A50 Eastbound between A50 (Derby Services) and M1 J24 (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). Average speed ten mph.


AA Roadwatch | 7:00 am Monday 17 June

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Delays of five minutes and delays increasing on A50 Eastbound between J1 B6540 Tamworth Road (Long Eaton) and M1 J24 (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). Average speed 15 mph.


AA Roadwatch | 7:00 am Monday 17 June

Delays of two minutes on M1 Southbound between J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby) and J23A A42 (Derby / East Midlands Airport / Tamworth). Average speed 25 mph.

AA Roadwatch | 7:00 am Monday 17 June

Delays of four minutes and delays increasing on M1 Southbound between Waterloo Lane (Trowell Services) and J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby). Average speed 20 mph.

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Monday 17 June 7 am


AA Roadwatch | 4:45 pm 14 June

Slow traffic on M1 Northbound around J24 A453 Ashby Road (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). In the construction area. A lane closure is in operation.


AA Roadwatch | 3:23 pm 14 June

Severe delays of twelve minutes and delays easing on M1 Northbound between J23A A42 (Derby / East Midlands Airport / Tamworth) and J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby). Average speed 15 mph.


AA Roadwatch | 12:45 pm 14 June

Delays of six minutes and delays increasing on M1 Northbound between J23A A42 (Derby / East Midlands Airport / Tamworth) and J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby). Average speed 15 mph.


Traffic flow | 12:15 pm 14 June

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12:15 pm 14 June – Traffic flow map © AA Roadwatch

AA Roadwatch | 12:00 noon 14 June

Delays of four minutes on M1 Northbound between J24 A453 Ashby Road (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport) and J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby). Average speed 20 mph.


AA Roadwatch | 6:53 pm 13 June

Lane closed on exit ramp due to crash on M1 Northbound at J24 A453 Ashby Road (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). One (of two) lanes is closed heading up to the roundabout. Traffic is coping well.


AA Roadwatch | 6:00 pm 13 June

Stop-start traffic on M1 Northbound around J24 A453 Ashby Road (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). In the construction area. A lane closure is in operation. Traffic is also using this route towards the Download Festival at Donington Park.

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Traffic 6 pm 13 June

AA Roadwatch | 4:40 pm 13 June

A50 – Delays of four minutes and delays increasing on A50 Eastbound between J1 B6540 Tamworth Road (Long Eaton) and M1 J24 (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). Average speed 15 mph.


AA Roadwatch | 4:38 pm 13 June

‘Severe delays of 25 minutes and delays increasing on M1 Northbound between J22 A511 Little Shaw Lane (Coalville / Ashby-De-La-Zouch) and J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby). Average speed 15 mph.’


Traffic flow | 4:20 pm

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4:20 pm 13 June 2024

AA Roadwatch | 4:18 pm 13 June

Queueing traffic on M1 Northbound around J24 A453 Ashby Road (Nottingham South / East Midlands Airport). In the construction area. A lane closure is in operation. Traffic is also using this route towards the Download Festival at Donington Park.


AA Roadwatch | 4 pm 13 June

‘Severe delays of 24 minutes and delays easing on M1 Northbound between J23 A512 Ashby Road East (Loughborough) and J25 A52 Brian Clough Way (Nottingham / Derby).

Average speed 15 mph.’

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Traffic 4 pm 13 June

Organisers provided this map to urge festival-goers to use preset routes

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National Highways issued this advice to festival visitors:

The event runs from Friday 14 June to Sunday 16 June with camping opening from lunchtime on Wednesday 12 June.

Ticket holders are being advised to follow event signage rather than rely on satnavs, and not assume the route or entry point they have used in previous years will be the same.

There will be more parking fields than in previous years with an increased number of access gates and people will be able to scan a QR code on their parking passes for live updates on car park availability and capacity.

In addition, the pickup and drop off points will not be in the same areas as the camping entrances to reduce congestion.

Headlining this year’s festival are Queens of the Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold. Around 75,000 people are expected to attend.

National Highways will be dispatching extra traffic officer patrols and is working with the event organisers to keep the roads moving as smoothly as possible.

Donington Park is located next to East Midlands Airport, four miles west of junction 23a of the M1 and five miles from junction 24.

The M1, A42, A453, A50 and A38 are expected to see significant increases in traffic, particularly when everyone arrives on the Wednesday and Thursday and again when they leave on either Sunday night or Monday morning.

Anyone with a flight to catch at East Midlands Airport is advised to allow plenty of time for their journey, while other non-festival traffic may want to consider travelling at different times or using a different route.

National Highways will use electronic message boards on nearby motorways to advise people of any delays.


East Midlands Airport issued this advice to passengers travelling to catch flights

EMA has more than 300 flights arriving and departing over the festival’s three days and has arranged for airlines to alert their passengers to potential delays. Airport representatives have been in regular dialogue with festival organisers to understand their traffic plans.

Airport users are advised to check latest traffic and travel reports before they set off and follow East Midlands Airport on social media for latest flight information.

EMA is also reminding anyone planning to film the festival that it is illegal to fly drones close to the airport. This follows a successful prosecution last year when a drone was used to film the festival. Flying drones puts the airport operation at risk, potentially leading to passenger flights being diverted and causing delays to air cargo flights.

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