Glastonbury 2016 traffic deemed ‘unacceptable’

Some were stuck for up to 12 hours

The levels of traffic at Glastonbury 2016 have been deemed ‘unacceptable’ in a new council report.

Back in June, the congestion of people attempting to leave Glastonbury was described as ‘chaotic’ – with many stuck in traffic for over 12 hours around the Worthy Farm site.

Now, an official report by Mendip District Council

describes the traffic as an “overwhelming issue”, but managing it “fell short of acceptable standards”. It was also said that the heavy rain led to a “serious deterioration” to ground conditions on site.

Festival boss Michael Eavis admitted that there were problems, but admitted that measures would be taken to ensure this doesn’t happen in future.

“Next year I’ve secured the use of the Bath and West [showground] for any emergencies – and we can do park-and-ride from there,” he said, BBC reports. “It is tough when all the roads are blocked, it’s hard work for people and I really regret that happening, I really do.

“But it’s only once in 10 years that we get that problem.”

After a fallow year in 2018, Eavis has also claimed that Glastonbury may move site in 2019 – “over 100 miles away towards the Midlands.”

“I am arranging one year off, say every fifth year or so, to try and move to a site that’s more suitable,” he said. “But it would be a huge loss for Somerset if it went there for ever, would it not?”

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“But I’ve found a site about 100 miles [away], up towards the Midlands,” he continued. “We’ve got a wonderful product what we do and we can do it almost anywhere. I love my own farm… I might have to move it eventually.”

Eavis added: “Most people are on side now and it’s a wonderful, wonderful boost for the whole of Somerset and beyond as well. I don’t want to lose it for ever, no way.”

Radiohead are the only confirmed act for Glastonbury 2017, while other rumours include Foo Fighters, Kasabian and Ed Sheeran.

Glastonbury 2017 will run from 21-25 June. Emily Eavis recently spoke to NME to deny the rumours that Daft Punk and The Stone Roses would be headlining.