Glastonbury Festival 2014

As one of the biggest music festivals on the planet begins this week, Somerset County Council is on hand and standing-by to support the major, global event.

Glastonbury Music Festival will attract around 200,000 people this year with 40,000 vehicles and around 21,000 travelling by coach or train.

The County Council works with the festival organisers to prepare well in advance for the influx of visitors and strives to minimise the impact on traffic and major roads in the festival area (A39, A371, and A361).

Officers from Somerset County Council’s Civil Contingencies Team will be part of a multi-agency group providing emergency management and support in the event of an incident at the site. The Council will also make staff available from other key services should they be required.

Public Health professionals will be working with the NHS, Public Health England and the festival medical services to make sure health services are co-ordinated and plans are in place to respond to Public Health risks.

Deputy Leader of Somerset County Council, Cllr David Hall, said: “The Glastonbury Festival is a world famous event that helps to put Somerset on the map and brings hundreds of thousands of people to the county. I really hope that the weather stays fine and everyone has a fantastic time.

“I’d also like to thank all of our staff who will be working long hours to help keep people safe and keep our roads and transport links running as smoothly possible during the festival.”

You can find information about the roads affected by Glastonbury Festival on our Traffic Regulation Order page.