Glastonbury 'open for business' after traffic delays


Glastonbury Festival has officially "opened for business" after traffic jams caused hours of delay and chaos.

Organisers announced the good news, saying "everybody is welcome to travel to the site".

Hours earlier they had been forced to plead with festival-goers who had not yet started their journey to the Somerset site to "stay put" after "wet weather and ground conditions" resulted in congestion on surrounding roads.

Festival organiser Emily Eavis had earlier tweeted an apology about the traffic delays.

People travelling by coach were also told not to get off and try to access the site on foot.

Wiltshire Police confirmed that the A303 westbound, previously shut off after a four-car accident, had reopened.

Avon and Somerset Police said they had reopened the A37 but were still advising people to "use alternative routes - namely M5 junction 23 or A36 from the M4´´.

Meteorologist Emma Sharples said the weather looked likely to clear up and predicted a dry night for festival-goers.

She told the Press Association that temperatures on Wednesday could reach highs of around 19C (66.2F) or 20C (68F).

Festival-goers at Glastonbury
Festival-goers at Glastonbury (Ben Birchall/PA)

The festival looks set to end on a high note, with Sharples predicting a "fine, bright day with plenty of sunshine" and temperatures in the low 20s for Sunday.

Headliners this year include Adele, Muse and Coldplay, with reports also suggesting Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff may be among the surprise guests.