Police: ‘Non-race traffic should stay away from Silverstone’

Mc Laren's Mercedes Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Northampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2011. See PA Story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Commercial use in print media or internet only. No commercial use on mobile or TV. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
Mc Laren's Mercedes Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Santander British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit, Northampton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday July 10, 2011. See PA Story AUTO British. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to restrictions. Commercial use in print media or internet only. No commercial use on mobile or TV. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 for further information.
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POLICE in the county will be supporting the British Grand Prix traffic plan as thousands of motorists from home and abroad begin to descend on Silverstone next week.

The aim of the traffic plan, which again will see the A43 closed for three days, is to ensure motorists get into the event quickly and safely, and also to ensure that motorists not going to the GP can bypass Silverstone altogether.

The police message to non-race traffic is clear - avoid the roads around Silverstone for the duration of the race weekend.

Race traffic will be directed into the circuit via a one-way system on the A43 and the traffic flow will then be reversed at the end of the event.

A temporary restriction on heavy goods vehicles – those more than 7.5 tonnes – will be put in place to avoid any of these vehicles becoming ‘trapped’ in the Silverstone area.

This restriction will apply between the hours of 4.30am and 9pm on all three days of the event.

Superintendent Sean Bell, this year’s Grand Prix event commander, said: “We strongly advise anyone not going to the Grand Prix to steer clear of Silverstone for the duration of the meeting,”

“In particular we would urge all road users to be patient and to make sure they pay attention to the signage for the event.

“We will be maximising the use of the road network in and around Silverstone to get everyone to and from the event as quickly and safely as possible.”

All Grand Prix traffic approaching on the M1, from either direction, will be directed off the motorway at Junction 15A to join the A43 southbound and traffic on the A5 will filter into this traffic stream at Towcester.

Traffic approaching via the M40 will be routed along the A43 northbound from Junction 10.

For more detailed traffic information please visit the Silverstone section of Northamptonshire Police’s website www.northants.police.uk/silverstone

Main diversion routes will be as follows:-

SOUTHBOUND

1 - M1 Junction 15A to Junction 15, A508 to Milton Keynes, A422 to Buckingham, A421 to A43 (regional diversion route)

This route is mainly single carriageway

NORTHBOUND

2 - A43 onto A421 to Buckingham, A422 to Milton Keynes, A508 to M1 Junction 15, M1 Junction 15 to 15A at Northampton

This route is mainly single carriageway