Traffic warning ahead of Electric Picnic festival

Gig-goers driving to the Electric Picnic festival in Stradbally, Co Laois this weekend have been warned to allow at least an extra two hours for their journey.

With over 30,000 people expected to attend and no day tickets on offer, the roads will be very busy on Friday afternoon and on Monday morning.

"Key areas to watch out for will be the M7 at junction 16 on the Portlaoise By-pass at Bloomfield, the Stradbally Rd from Portlaoise, Athy and at Money Cross on the Abbeyleix/ Stradbally Rd," said Nicola Hudson, AA Roadwatch.

"AA Roadwatch is advising anybody attending the music and arts extravaganza to allow a minimum of two hours extra for their journey within the Portlaoise/ Stradbally area."

However festival attendees are also advised not to arrive too early. An exclusion zone will be in place around the venue in advance of the festival and there will be no access before 9am on Friday morning.

Special bus services to the festival are in place with Bus Eireann from Cork, Galway and Dublin as well as coaches with Kelly Transport from Limerick. There are also shuttles operating from Portlaoise train station.

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