Motorists leaving the Glastonbury Festival site have been issuing pleas on social media for help as the site remains deluged by mud.
Organiser Michael Eavis admitted over the weekend that this year’s festival was the muddiest ever in its 46-year history. There were serious traffic problems when the site opened on Wednesday, with traffic taking six hours to travel two miles.
Now, fans have reported that there have been long waits for stewards with help exiting the car parks across the Worthy Farm site. One fan, Dan Milway, wrote: “You know you’re in for a long day when the RAC tow-truck is being towed by a bigger tow-truck.”
— Dan Milway (@Dan_Milway) June 27, 2016
However, the official Glastonbury Festival Twitter account reassured motorists this morning at 10am that traffic is flowing well once vehicles are able to exit the site. It said: “Once you get your vehicle off site, the main roads are still flowing well.”
TRAFFIC UPDATE: Once you get your vehicle off-site, the main roads are still flowing well. Public transport is also working as planned.
— Glastonbury Police (@Policeatglasto) June 27, 2016
Fans reported how frustrating leaving the car-park can be at Glastonbury, as Adam Richman wrote: “I remember when we took 10+ hours to get out of the car park at Glastonbury in 2007. Good luck, ladies and gents.”
Eavis had praised the Glastonbury traffic stewards this week, telling the on-site Glastonbury Free Press newspaper: “We’ve got an incredible crew, but the conditions have been against us.” He also praised the “wonderful spirit” of fans who had struggled against the muddy conditions but who’d kept their good humour.
The festival itself was a success, with the headline sets by Muse, Adele and Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage drawing near-universal praise.
Stuck in pink 56 not moving, any news? #glastonburytraffic
— Tristan Abrahams (@B0osh) June 27, 2016
— Hugo (@Hugo_W1) June 27, 2016
— Alexandra Badwi (@AlexandraBadwi) June 27, 2016
— Natasha McDonald (@NurseNancy_) June 27, 2016