Five hour traffic jams at Silverstone

Police have warned spectators to stay away from the British Grand Prix as five-hour traffic jams caused chaos for miles around Silverstone

Five hour traffic jams at Silverstone

With the race still three and half hours away local police said tail backs are so long spectators will not make it to the track if they try to get in anytime after 9am.

The A43 was jammed in both directions and some roundabouts were gridlocked eight miles from the circuit at 7am in the morning as the Saturday cancellation caused panic among race morning traffic.

At their worst point Northamptonshire police spokesman chief inspector Mark Barrow said queues were so long drivers would take five-hours to get to the gate - too late to see the race which starts at one o clock.

"I know this will disappoint many people but we are hoping by getting the
message across this early people can at least get to somewhere with a
television to see the race itself," said Barrow.

"Queues are now reaching the five-hour point."

Warm up was delayed by fog which grounded the safety helicopter and the
driver's parade was called off as the event fell behind schedule.

Fans trying to make their way from as close as Northampton were taking two and half hours to make a 35 minute journey at 0830 in the morning.


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