Lights out for build up to Silverstone F1 Grand Prix

People walking along an empty A43 near Syresham on their way to Silverstone during a pervious F1 GP weekend '120707M-A995

People walking along an empty A43 near Syresham on their way to Silverstone during a pervious F1 GP weekend '120707M-A995

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As details of the well rehearsed road closures for the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix are pubicised, police are urging visitors to ensure the event remains a low crime one.

Event commander, Superintendent Sean Bell, said in previous years the weekend has seen a low number of incidents, and he was keen for that to continue.

Up to 300,000 people are expected to attend the weekend at Silverstone, many of them staying in campsites in the vicinity of the circuit.

Supt Bell said: “In respect of crime and public order issues, reports and incidents have been at low levels in recent years. But where there are large crowds of people, always be aware of your surroundings at all times and ensure that you do not mislay or draw attention to valuable items on your person, in your vehicle or, if you are camping, within your tent or other living accommodation.

“We have had great successes in fighting crime in recent years and want you to have a safe event and not to become a victim of crime.”

Regarding the road closures in place over the weekend, Supt Bell said: “The event remains the largest weekend sporting event to be staged in this country. It has a considerable impact on the road network as well as businesses and communities in the Silverstone area.

“Improvements to the road network have reduced delays to a minimum, however, motorists should still allow additional time for journeys to and from both Silverstone and to the neighbouring area over the Grand Prix weekend.

“Last year’s event was hit by bad weather and hopefully the sun will be shining throughout the Grand Prix weekend this year.

“However, if you are delayed, please be patient and do not abandon your vehicles on verges, roundabouts and other areas that disrupts the one-way systems in place. Your vehicle will be towed away.”

The police station for the event is located near the main entrance to the circuit, and will be open from 6.30am to 6.30pm, to deal with crime reporting and recording, public inquiries and lost property.

Extra officers will be carrying out foot patrols in Silverstone and the surrounding villages.

ROAD CLOSURES

The event takes place slightly earlier than normal this year, from Friday, June 28, to Sunday, June 30.

The A43 between M1 junction 15a and the M40 junction 10 will be closed on all three days, during which time, non-race traffic will be diverted along the A508, A422 and A421.

Local drivers will have access between the M1 and Towcester, and between Brackley and the Welsh Lane interchange. However, the section between Towcester and Welsh Lane will only be available for those going to the British Grand Prix.

A Highways Agency spokesman said: “The decisions about the A43 have been made to benefit not only racegoers but also for the safety and convenience of non-Silverstone traffic to prevent people being held up by vehicles heading to the circuit.

“We realise that in many cases, the Friday closure will have more of an impact on your journey than the Saturday or Sunday restrictions. We are working together to minimise disruption to residents, drivers and local services.”

Friday’s rubbish and recycling collections are unaffected by the event, but collections will start earlier than usual. Residents are asked to have their bins outside by 7am.

Buses picking up children who live in Silverstone, Whittlebury, Pury End and Paulerspury who attend Sponne School in Towcester will be affected by the Friday road closures. However, unless otherwise informed, pick up and drop off points will stay at the same time and place.

The main A413 through Silverstone will remain two-way throughout Friday, and the section of Brackley Road, between High Street and Dadford Road, is for resident access, buses and taxis only.

On Saturday and Sunday the section of road will be made one way and no traffic will be allowed to enter High Street from Brackley Road. Traffic control will operate at the junction of Brackley Road and Dadford Road.

For bus passengers, the Stagecoach service 8 is the only bus service affected, on Friday and Saturday. It will continue to operate between Northampton, Towcester, Brackley and Bicester but will not serve Whittlebury, Silverstone or Syresham.