Be prepared over British F1 Grand Prix weekend

The race is on....The start of the 2011 British Grand Prix' - ''Photo: Pirelli/LAT Photographic''ref: Digital Image C27C0468
The race is on....The start of the 2011 British Grand Prix' - ''Photo: Pirelli/LAT Photographic''ref: Digital Image C27C0468
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Northants Police are urging racegoers to be prepared over the British Grand Prix weekend.

The forecast is for a wet weekend of racing at Silverstone and large crowds are expected for both qualifying tomorrow, Saturday, and raceday on Sunday.

While most campers are in sites and reservations around the circuit, there could still be potential parking issues for traffic on the day, dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.

People travelling to Silverstone on Saturday and Sunday are advised to check the details of Silverstone’s wet weather plan, which is available on Silverstone’s website www.silverstone.co.uk and also Northamptonshire Police’s website www.northants.police.uk/silverstone

Please follow all information signs and instructions – and please allow plenty of time for your journey as there may be delays as you near the circuit, with 125,000 spectators expected on Sunday.

Superintendent Sean Bell, event commander, said: “We are supporting Silverstone’s traffic plan and would ask all those travelling to the Grand Prix to do some homework before they set out.

“It is always busy on the roads for the event and this year’s wet weather could delay traffic further.

“The weather forecast is for rainfall on both Saturday and Sunday, although weather conditions should be better on Sunday and to date no flood warnings have been issued in the forecast.

“We are expecting it to be wet but not flooded underfoot although obviously the campsites are not in good shape and those people parked up in fields should use common sense and leave their vehicles in situ until departure.

“I would urge motorists to keep tuned to local radio, and Radio Silverstone, and if your passengers have access to social networking sites then these can also be a useful source of information.”

Northamptonshire Police will issue regular information bulletins via Facebook and Twitter over the weekend.

We will be tweeting to @northantspolice and will be using the hash tag #silverstone

The bulletins will also include information for local villagers and motorists attending the Grand Prix.

If you are going to the Grand Prix on Saturday and Sunday, please follow this template:-

• Allow plenty of time for your journey

• Leave unnecessary valuables, including satnav systems, at home

• Follow the event road signs from the major routes

• Make sure you are in the right lane of traffic as you approach the circuit

• Keep tuned in to local radio stations and social networks