by / July 10th, 2009 /

State @ Oxegen – Daily Updates

Before we leave for Punchestown, it’s worth mentioning that State will be doing reviews each day of the festival so stay tuned. If you’re heading down – here is some traffic info for you. If not, check back here for what’s going on.

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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 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 direction signage to Punchestown Racecourse.

2. Traffic from the South East (N9, N78, N80, M9) can travel via 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 direction 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) approx. 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.

2. Floods Cross, Newhall, Naas, Co. Kildare.
Floods Cross, Newhall (South) Park and Ride site is located approximately. 5km south of Naas on the Naas to Rathangan Rd and accessed by travelling from North and Southbound Lanes via the Naas South Interchange, Exit 10 off the N7.

Floods Cross (South) Park and Ride is intended to cater for traffic travelling from the South / South East (N7, N8, N9, M9, N80) directions.

All vehicles will follow directional signage (VMS and finger post signage) from the N7 to the Park and Ride sites 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 the 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.

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

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.

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

Vehicular Access for the Mobility Impaired
Parking for the Mobility Impaired will be provided in a designated area accessed through Gate 5 in the Red Car Park.

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 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.

The Garda Control Room Phone Number at Punchestown is 045- 839829
The Garda Control Room Phone Number at Naas Garda Station is 045- 884300

The information detailed above forms part of the overall Traffic Management Plan for this event. In the event of a major incident or any other unplanned disruption An Garda Siochana maintains the legal right to alternate / divert traffic as may be required. In such event alternate plans will be used and advice will be given to motorists using media facilities.

Drink Awareness
An Garda Siochana in co-operation with drinkaware.ie wish to remind people to take responsibility for their drinking over the weekend, especially considering that this year it is a three day festival.

drinkaware.ie will be distributing -Morning After’ cards on site at Oxegen 2009 with the support of An Garda Siochana. This pocket size card explains how long it takes your body to eliminate alcohol, vital information for anyone driving home from the festival or the morning after drinking.

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 small glass of wine or a single shot to be eliminated from your body. To avoid being at risk the morning after, use the drinkaware.ie website 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 drinkaware.ie special Oxegen Survival Guide – with insider tips – gives practical hints and tips that will help ensure a safe and enjoyable Oxegen festival experience’