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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION - Oxegen Concerts at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare from 8 - 12/7/10

The following traffic arrangements will be in place for the Oxegen Concerts at Punchestown Racecourse, Naas, Co. Kildare from Thursday 8th to Monday 12th July 2010.

Travel Routes


Blue Route

1.   Traffic from the M1, N2, N3, N4 and N11 will travel via the M50 to the N7 (Dublin / Limerick Road).  Traffic will travel southbound from the N7 to (Exit 9) into Naas and onto the Blessington Road via the R410 and onto Punchestown Racecourse.


2.   Traffic from the North / South East / South / South West intending to use the Park and Ride Facility will travel along the (M50, N7, N8, N9, M9, N80) M7 northbound / southbound, Blue Route, to Exit 8 and follow directional signage to the Park and Ride site.


The Blue Car Park is accessed from the Naas / Blessington Road (R410), approx. 1km down the Walshestown Road on the right hand side. Two site access gates will be used to filter traffic off the Walshestown Road, Gates 1c and 1b.


Red Route

1. Traffic travelling from South Dublin can travel via the N11, N81 (Tallaght / Blessington Rd) through Ballymore Eustace (R411) and the follow directional signage to Punchestown Racecourse.

2. Traffic from the South East (N9, N78, N80, M9) can travel via M9, the Carlow or Athy routes through Kilcullen and onto the Naas Rd.  At Mylerstown Cross (Naas to Kilcullen Rd) traffic will turn right and onto Punchestown Racecourse.

3. Traffic from the South / South West can travel via the N8, N7, M7 turning off at Newbridge exit (Exit 12) and right at the top of the slip road towards Kilcullen (R413).  Patrons will follow directional signage to Athgarvan School where traffic will turn left, through Athgarvan Village,  straight onto Two Mile House to Mylerstown Cross and then turn right onto the R448 (Kilcullen Road) and immediate left to the L2023 (Rafferty's Mill to Watchouse Crossroads) and right to the Red Car Parks.

4. Traffic travelling from South East can travel via the N81 (Tullow / Blessington Rd) through Ballymore Eustace (R411) and the follow directional signage to Punchestown Racecourse.

5. On the R445 (Newbridge to Naas Road), traffic will be directed right at the Jigginstown traffic lights onto the R447 (South Ring Road) and then the R448 (Kilcullen Road) to the L2023 (Rafferty's Mill to Watchouse Crossroads) and right to the Red Car Parks.


The Red Car Park is located on the Ballymore Eustace Road, Naas (R411) Four site access gates will be used to filter traffic into the Car Park.


Traffic Issues

1. Parking and Traffic delays are inevitable with patrons strongly advised to use public transport to / from the event.

2. On site parking is limited and subject to a charge.  Park and Ride Parking and Shuttle Buses are free.

3. On site car parks are adjacent to the event site and are in green field locations. There will be at least a 60 minute delay in exiting on site car parks at the end of concerts as Public Transport, Coaches and Park and Ride Shuttles will be given priority.


Park & Ride

An Garda Siochana and MCD (Event Promoters) wish to urge all patrons attending the event to use the enhanced Park and Ride facilities available for this event.  The Park and Ride facility has in excess of 7,000 car parking spaces on site with the ease of access / egress off the N7 network.

The Park and Ride facilities will be serviced by a dedicated fleet of coaches that will cater for all patrons needs. 

All Park and Ride coaches will travel on dedicated routes and will receive priority both to / from the venue.

The Park and Ride Centre will also be used for persons who wish to drop off and collect patrons attending the concert.

The park and ride facility will be FREE OF CHARGE and all shuttles to / from will be FREE OF CHARGE.

The park and ride facilities will be as follows;

Goffs, Kill, Co. Kildare.

Goffs (North) Park and Ride site is located approx. 5km north of Naas on the main Dublin to Naas Rd (N7) and accessed by travelling from North and Southbound Lanes via the Johnstown, Kill / Sallins Interchange, Exit 8 off the N7.

Goffs Park and Ride is intended to cater for traffic travelling from the North / North East / West (N1, N2, N3, M4 / N4, N7), the South East (N11, N81 via M50 and N7) and South / South East Dublin directions.

All vehicles will follow directional signage (VMS and finger post signage) from the N7 to the Park and Ride site and clearly follow Gardai / Car Parking directions on site.


Public Transport Access

Shuttle Bus - Goffs Park & Ride

Goffs Park and Ride is intended to cater for traffic travelling from the North / North East / West (N1, N2, N3, M4 / N4, N7), the South East (N11, N81 via M50 and N7) and South / South East Dublin directions.

Up to 90 shuttle buses, each with a capacity of 56 persons will be available to service the Park & Ride site over the course of each day.

Park & Ride coaches will receive priority both to / from the venue.

The Park and Ride Centre will also be used for persons who wish to drop off and collect patrons attending the concerts. 

The park and ride facility will be FREE OF CHARGE and all shuttles to / from will be FREE OF CHARGE.


Shuttle Bus – Naas

A shuttle bus service will operate between Naas and the Punchestown Site over the course of each day. Buses will travel from site to Naas town centre via the R411 (Ballymore Eustace Road) through the town centre to the Drop Off / Pick Up Point at Kavanagh's Public House, Naas.


Bus Éireann

Bus Éireann will be accommodated in a designated area with a capacity for 64 spaces on site. A separate queuing system will be in place for patrons of this system that will be well lit and signposted.

Bus Éireann coaches will receive priority both to / from the venue.


Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus has provided services to and from Punchestown events successfully over a number of years. They have extensive experience in catering for demand to and from the site. Demand from Dublin (Parnell Square) is managed and monitored throughout the event day. The number of buses serving the route is adjusted to match the demand.

An Garda Siochana and MCD (Event Promoters) wish to urge all patrons attending the event to use Public Transport.

Dublin Bus coaches will receive priority both to / from the venue.


Private Coaches

Private coaches will be accommodated in a designated area on site. A separate queuing system will be in place for patrons of this system that will be well lit and signposted.

Private coaches will receive priority both to / from the venue.


Drop-Off & Pick-Up Facilities – Taxi

The only drop-off and pick-up facility for taxis at this event is at Goffs Park & Ride, Kill in the main Goffs car park off the internal roundabout. Access will be as per the Park & Ride access from the Kill Interchange (Exit 8 off N7).

Advance publicity will advise patrons that Drop Off and Pick Up facilities will not be provided at the event venue in Punchestown.

Patrons can access Oxegen via Bus Shuttles from Goffs, all shuttles to / from Goffs will be FREE OF CHARGE.


Drop-Off & Pick-Up Facilities

The only drop-off and pick-up facility for private cars at this event is at Goffs Park & Ride, Kill in the main Goffs car park off the internal roundabout. Access will be as per the Park & Ride access from the Kill Interchange(Exit 8 off N7).

Advance publicity will advise patrons that Drop Off and Pick Up facilities will not be provided at the event venue in Punchestown.

Patrons can access Goffs via Bus Shuttles from the Oxegen site, all shuttles to / from Oxegen to Goffs will be FREE OF CHARGE.


Vehicular Access for the Mobility Impaired

Parking for the Mobility Impaired will be provided in a designated area accessed through Gate 2.


Illegal Parking

No parking of vehicles will be permitted on any of the approach routes to this concert site on the days of the event.  Parking restrictions will be in place on roads leading to the concert site.  Vehicles found breaching the restrictions will be towed away and towing charges will be incurred in such cases.
 

Emergency Access Route

The Craddockstown Road, Naas has been designated as the event Emergency Route and will be manned by Gardai at all times for the duration of the event.  This route will be used by emergency vehicles and residents only. No other vehicles including taxis, buses etc will be allowed access this route. 

All residents will have resident car passes, issued by An Garda Siochana, Naas.


Event Signage

All routes to / from the event site will have directional signage.  The signs used for this event will be VMS (Variable Message Signs – Flashing Signs) and directional boards. 

The signage will indicate Park and Ride Centre and also the RED and BLUE Car Park Routes.

All patrons attending are advised to pay attention to event signage and follow directions of Gardai and stewards when arriving and leaving the event site(s).

Garda Control Room

An Garda Siochana will have a Garda Control Room on site in Punchestown who will alert media in the event of any traffic alternations / disruptions during the course of the event. 


Drink Awareness

An Garda Siochana in co-operation with MEAS (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society) wish to highlight the issues concerning the use of alcohol and society rethinking our drinking habits.

MEAS will be distributing Promotional Information on Drink Awareness at Oxegen 2010 with the support of An Garda Siochana.

Drink and driving does not mix.  Patrons should nominate a designated driver and drive with care during their journeys to / from the Oxegen festival.

An Garda Siochana will be enforcing Road Traffic Legislation for the duration of the Oxegen festival.   


Fionnuala Sheehan, Chief Executive of drinkaware.ie encourages music fans to plan how they are going to get to and from Oxegen in advance. She explained that ‘Your body gets rid of roughly one standard drink per hour; that’s one hour for half a pint, or a glass of wine or a single shot to be eliminated from your body.  To avoid being at risk the morning after, use the Oxegen Festival Survival Guide to look up the various public transport options that will get you to and from Oxegen quickly and safely or designate a non-drinking driver.  The guide is free to download on drinkaware.ie and is filled with practical hints and tips that will help ensure a safe and enjoyable Oxegen festival experience’


For more details on the Oxegen event please refer to the following:

www.oxegen.ie

www.garda.ie

www.mcd.ie

www.drinkaware.ie