In light of the torrential rain the UK has suffered in recent weeks, Silverstone has activated a series of contingency plans for this weekend's British Grand Prix to minimise any possible disruption for fans travelling to the event.

With most of the UK having been affected by the extreme weather and due to the unpredictable and evolving forecast, during the build-up to the event the Northamptonshire circuit has been working closely with the Highways Agency, police and other bodies to monitor the conditions and prepare for any weather-related eventualities that could have an impact on the circuit's infrastructure, including its car parks and traffic management system.

As a result Silverstone has drafted in additional resources in the way of manpower and temporary roadways to strengthen its existing car parking facilities. In addition to bolstering its own facilities, circuit bosses are also working with the police and other agencies to monitor the situation with local campsites, which are privately-owned and operated independently.

"The recent weather conditions have affected the entire country," remarked Richard Phillips, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited. "Whole sections of the UK are under water, Wimbledon looks set to go into a third week and the Royal Show at Stoneleigh Park has been forced to finish a day early.

"We've been keeping a close eye on the weather and have now actioned a number of contingency plans to minimise disruption to the fans and ensure that the customer experience is not compromised."

Circuit bosses are appealing for patience and co-operation from race-goers, and have passed on the following advice for anyone heading to the Northamptonshire circuit this weekend:

o Do not arrive on site unless you have a car park pass and event ticket
o Spectators will not be able to park at the circuit with a Park and Ride pass. If you have a Park and Ride Pass it is only valid for the Park and Ride service
o Please allow extra time for entry to the circuit and be prepared for minor disruptions
o For traffic and weather updates, as well as event news, please tune into Silverstone
Radio broadcast on 87.7 FM, 24 hours a day from 10am Thursday to 8pm Sunday
o Please use public transport where possible - Megabus are operating a coach service from Milton Keynes Central train station; Stagecoach a service from Northampton train station - for further information Click Here
o If feasible, please share a car with friends/neighbours who may be travelling from the same area
o If camping, please check with your campsite operator as they may have specific instructions in light of the recent rainfall

"The facilities at Silverstone have improved beyond recognition in recent years," Phillips added. "Our vastly improved road infrastructure, British Grand Prix traffic management system and hard-standing car parks have seen Silverstone become one of the easiest F1 circuits in the world to get in and out of.

"The enjoyment of our spectators is of paramount importance and we are doing everything possible to minimise the effect of the current weather conditions. We have contacted the majority of ticket-holders, advising them of the current situation, and would like to thank them in advance for their co-operation ahead of what looks set to be one of the most exciting British Grands Prix in recent years."

 

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