Glastonbury plagued by traffic chaos as drivers are advised not to set off for now

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Glastonbury Festival organisers have warned people planning to attend this year’s edition of the event not to set off this morning as the area around the site is affected by traffic jams.

Festival-goers who already hit the road heading to Somerset were stuck in queues for up to 11 hours overnight. They probably set off early in an attempt to beat the traffic and avoid congestion, but wet weather and ground conditions have caused chaos and serious delays on major routes.

A message on the festival’s Twitter feed urges travellers arriving by car or campervan to stop somewhere safe and warm until queues clear.

The bad news in all this is that the weather forecast is not too encouraging either, as more rain is predicted for the rest of the week, with Saturday expected to be the wettest of the music festival.

Gates officially opened at 8am today, June 22, but music lovers should know that the acts don’t start until Friday.

More than 180,000 people are expected to arrive at Worthy Farm over the rest of the week for the five-day event, which will include performances by stars like Muse, Adele and Coldplay on the famous Pyramid Stage.

Highway officials and police advise people to plan ahead for Glastonbury as roads leading to the event’s site will get very busy.