Isle of Wight Music Festival

Traffic information

IOW Festival Traffic Information Graphic

Service Update:

A road map of the Isle of Wight Festival Traffic plan can be viewed by clicking here (PDF, 599KB, 1 page).

It’s that time of year again as the Island prepares to welcome thousands to the Isle of Wight Festival 2017. The Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads and Hampshire Constabulary are once again working closely with the organisers of this year’s festival to ensure traffic flows smoothly and disruption is kept to a minimum for the world-famous event.

The main route for festival traffic from the Red Funnel terminal at East Cowes will be up York Avenue and along Whippingham Road where it will turn right onto East Cowes Road and into the festival car park. Festival-bound vehicles travelling from the Wightlink terminal at Fishbourne will be directed to the right on to Kite Hill, through Wootton, down Lushington Hill and right at the Racecourse roundabout and then left onto East Cowes Road and into the festival car park.

If any of the entrances to the car parks are temporarily blocked, or an incident occurs on any of the roads being used by festival traffic, there are a number of diversion options where festival traffic can be temporarily ‘stacked’ away from the main roads and released into the network once the problem has been resolved.

Residents will be kept up to date with routine traffic information, details of road closures and diversions, and updates about those council services affected by the festival. Hampshire Constabulary will provide security and safety updates. Messages will be shared via social media and local media.

The council would like to remind people that the one way system along Fairlee Road, Newport will be put in place from lunchtime on Wednesday 7 June. All outbound traffic from Newport will be directed up Staplers Road.

The council asks that residents plan their routes carefully to avoid the designated festival traffic routes on the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Monday of the event - when traffic volumes will be their highest.

The first day of the festival, Thursday 8 June, is also the day of the General Election and all polling stations will be open as usual from 7am to 10pm. All residents (including those who use the polling station at Summerfield’s Primary School) will be able to access their polling station as set out on their poll card.

Useful websites/ social media accounts

Isle of Wight Council:  
Island Roads:  

Hampshire Constabulary:

Transport updates:
Southern Vectis: @SouthernVectis
Wightlink: @wightlinkferry
Red Funnel: @RF_Travel_News
Hovertravel: @HovertravelLtd
South West Trains: @SW_Trains