Severe traffic delays in Watford due to Hare Krishna festival

Slow traffic around Watford

Slow traffic around Watford

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Severe traffic delays are currently being experienced in Watford and the surrounding area believed to be caused by people heading to the Hare Krishna festival in Aldenham.

Delays are currently being experienced throughout the Watford area but particularly around junction 5 of the M1 heading into Watford, on the A41heading towards Sandy Lane and at the roundabout at Hartspring Lane.

Road closures have been put in place on the southbound A41 at junction 5 of the M1 and the north bound exit of junction 5 of M1.

Delays are likely to remain for a couple of hours and are expected to happen again around midnight in Watford and the surrounding areas as people leave the festival. Motorists are advised to avoid the area if at all possible.

 

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2:34am Mon 18 Aug 14

John Dowdle says...

It took me an extra hour to get home today as Junction 5 of the M1 was completely blocked off in both directions. I do not mind these people having a small local event but something which completely shuts down the M1 in both directions for hours on end is clearly unacceptable.
The Hare Krishnas should be told that Letchworth Heath is clearly wholly unsuitable for the staging of this event. In future, they should hold it at a venue in central London, where transport routes and hubs can cope.
It took me an extra hour to get home today as Junction 5 of the M1 was completely blocked off in both directions. I do not mind these people having a small local event but something which completely shuts down the M1 in both directions for hours on end is clearly unacceptable. The Hare Krishnas should be told that Letchworth Heath is clearly wholly unsuitable for the staging of this event. In future, they should hold it at a venue in central London, where transport routes and hubs can cope. John Dowdle
  • Score: 0

8:00am Mon 18 Aug 14

dented says...

John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.
John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun. dented
  • Score: 1

9:30am Mon 18 Aug 14

garston tony says...

dented wrote:
John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.
Amen, JD is just using this as a means to express the massive chip on his shoulder.

Sure an extra hour isnt fun, but i've had longer delays getting through Watford on a match day and dont even get me started on the build up to Christmas with people heading to the Harlequin (sorry, 'Intu'). JD, hows about to balance things you call for Watford to stop playing games in the town and for the Harlequin to be shut from say the last week of November to the 2nd week in January.
[quote][p][bold]dented[/bold] wrote: John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.[/p][/quote]Amen, JD is just using this as a means to express the massive chip on his shoulder. Sure an extra hour isnt fun, but i've had longer delays getting through Watford on a match day and dont even get me started on the build up to Christmas with people heading to the Harlequin (sorry, 'Intu'). JD, hows about to balance things you call for Watford to stop playing games in the town and for the Harlequin to be shut from say the last week of November to the 2nd week in January. garston tony
  • Score: 5

11:08am Mon 18 Aug 14

John Dowdle says...

I will agree with Tony that ending football matches (even though it does not affect me locally) is something I could support as well as closing off the ring road system from the last week of November to the second week in February, except for local access.
I have my CPZ badge in my car which indicates I am a local central resident so that should be no problem for me.
Xmas - Bah! Humbug! Stockdill!
Religious and pseudo-religious rituals and activities - ban the lot, I say !!!
I will agree with Tony that ending football matches (even though it does not affect me locally) is something I could support as well as closing off the ring road system from the last week of November to the second week in February, except for local access. I have my CPZ badge in my car which indicates I am a local central resident so that should be no problem for me. Xmas - Bah! Humbug! Stockdill! Religious and pseudo-religious rituals and activities - ban the lot, I say !!! John Dowdle
  • Score: -1

11:23am Mon 18 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

John Dowdle wrote:
It took me an extra hour to get home today as Junction 5 of the M1 was completely blocked off in both directions. I do not mind these people having a small local event but something which completely shuts down the M1 in both directions for hours on end is clearly unacceptable.
The Hare Krishnas should be told that Letchworth Heath is clearly wholly unsuitable for the staging of this event. In future, they should hold it at a venue in central London, where transport routes and hubs can cope.
Totally agree with u. I noticed people who like this sore of thing wont mind it but local residents are finding it tough. Maybe move it to central london or wembley stadium as it will give others the opportunity to attend.
[quote][p][bold]John Dowdle[/bold] wrote: It took me an extra hour to get home today as Junction 5 of the M1 was completely blocked off in both directions. I do not mind these people having a small local event but something which completely shuts down the M1 in both directions for hours on end is clearly unacceptable. The Hare Krishnas should be told that Letchworth Heath is clearly wholly unsuitable for the staging of this event. In future, they should hold it at a venue in central London, where transport routes and hubs can cope.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with u. I noticed people who like this sore of thing wont mind it but local residents are finding it tough. Maybe move it to central london or wembley stadium as it will give others the opportunity to attend. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 2

11:23am Mon 18 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

John Dowdle wrote:
It took me an extra hour to get home today as Junction 5 of the M1 was completely blocked off in both directions. I do not mind these people having a small local event but something which completely shuts down the M1 in both directions for hours on end is clearly unacceptable.
The Hare Krishnas should be told that Letchworth Heath is clearly wholly unsuitable for the staging of this event. In future, they should hold it at a venue in central London, where transport routes and hubs can cope.
Totally agree with u. I noticed people who like this sore of thing wont mind it but local residents are finding it tough. Maybe move it to central london or wembley stadium as it will give others the opportunity to attend.
[quote][p][bold]John Dowdle[/bold] wrote: It took me an extra hour to get home today as Junction 5 of the M1 was completely blocked off in both directions. I do not mind these people having a small local event but something which completely shuts down the M1 in both directions for hours on end is clearly unacceptable. The Hare Krishnas should be told that Letchworth Heath is clearly wholly unsuitable for the staging of this event. In future, they should hold it at a venue in central London, where transport routes and hubs can cope.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with u. I noticed people who like this sore of thing wont mind it but local residents are finding it tough. Maybe move it to central london or wembley stadium as it will give others the opportunity to attend. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 4

1:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

garston tony wrote:
dented wrote:
John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.
Amen, JD is just using this as a means to express the massive chip on his shoulder.

Sure an extra hour isnt fun, but i've had longer delays getting through Watford on a match day and dont even get me started on the build up to Christmas with people heading to the Harlequin (sorry, 'Intu'). JD, hows about to balance things you call for Watford to stop playing games in the town and for the Harlequin to be shut from say the last week of November to the 2nd week in January.
Why has he got a chip on his shoulder? Football and Christmas are part of our heritage and culture and also brings in alot of revenue, especially at Christmas. It is unfair for us local residents. I doubt if you live near by to see the disruption it has caused.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dented[/bold] wrote: John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.[/p][/quote]Amen, JD is just using this as a means to express the massive chip on his shoulder. Sure an extra hour isnt fun, but i've had longer delays getting through Watford on a match day and dont even get me started on the build up to Christmas with people heading to the Harlequin (sorry, 'Intu'). JD, hows about to balance things you call for Watford to stop playing games in the town and for the Harlequin to be shut from say the last week of November to the 2nd week in January.[/p][/quote]Why has he got a chip on his shoulder? Football and Christmas are part of our heritage and culture and also brings in alot of revenue, especially at Christmas. It is unfair for us local residents. I doubt if you live near by to see the disruption it has caused. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 1

1:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Cuthbert007 says...

garston tony wrote:
dented wrote:
John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.
Amen, JD is just using this as a means to express the massive chip on his shoulder.

Sure an extra hour isnt fun, but i've had longer delays getting through Watford on a match day and dont even get me started on the build up to Christmas with people heading to the Harlequin (sorry, 'Intu'). JD, hows about to balance things you call for Watford to stop playing games in the town and for the Harlequin to be shut from say the last week of November to the 2nd week in January.
Why has he got a chip on his shoulder? Football and Christmas are part of our heritage and culture and also brings in alot of revenue, especially at Christmas. It is unfair for us local residents. I doubt if you live near by to see the disruption it has caused.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]dented[/bold] wrote: John, it's once a year and well advertised. Let them have their fun.[/p][/quote]Amen, JD is just using this as a means to express the massive chip on his shoulder. Sure an extra hour isnt fun, but i've had longer delays getting through Watford on a match day and dont even get me started on the build up to Christmas with people heading to the Harlequin (sorry, 'Intu'). JD, hows about to balance things you call for Watford to stop playing games in the town and for the Harlequin to be shut from say the last week of November to the 2nd week in January.[/p][/quote]Why has he got a chip on his shoulder? Football and Christmas are part of our heritage and culture and also brings in alot of revenue, especially at Christmas. It is unfair for us local residents. I doubt if you live near by to see the disruption it has caused. Cuthbert007
  • Score: 2

1:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

FromHemel says...

It may have been well advertised to residents, but to those of us who weren't from Watford and were travelling in that direction, it was a he shock! We were stuck for an hour, trying to get to Patchetts Equestrian Centre for a dressage competition, and didn't know what was going on until we got home at gone 6pm. It was not well signposted at all.
It may have been well advertised to residents, but to those of us who weren't from Watford and were travelling in that direction, it was a he shock! We were stuck for an hour, trying to get to Patchetts Equestrian Centre for a dressage competition, and didn't know what was going on until we got home at gone 6pm. It was not well signposted at all. FromHemel
  • Score: 3

1:46pm Mon 18 Aug 14

FromHemel says...

*huge not he
*huge not he FromHemel
  • Score: 0

2:13pm Mon 18 Aug 14

LSC says...

This happens every year and does need addressing somehow, because it can only get bigger and busier.
It is true that other events cause problems too, but at least attempts have been made to help. Watford FC even had it's own railway station for a while, and back in the day when I had time to go to away matches, it was always by coaches laid on by the Supporters Club.
This festival has out-grown its venue, and it is perhaps time to look somewhere else. Despite the scare stories beforehand, I understand traffic management went quite smoothly at the Olympics, for example.
This happens every year and does need addressing somehow, because it can only get bigger and busier. It is true that other events cause problems too, but at least attempts have been made to help. Watford FC even had it's own railway station for a while, and back in the day when I had time to go to away matches, it was always by coaches laid on by the Supporters Club. This festival has out-grown its venue, and it is perhaps time to look somewhere else. Despite the scare stories beforehand, I understand traffic management went quite smoothly at the Olympics, for example. LSC
  • Score: -1

10:27pm Mon 18 Aug 14

samwatford says...

Lack of public transport is the main reason for traffic delays. While opening of Metropolitan line extension to Watford Junction will solve the delays at Watford Stadium Football days, I guess the Council can approve a bus route between Watford Junction and the temple on Event days which will help both the visitors and the local population. Most people love to use public transport instead the hassle of driving on congested roads and finding parking space during Event days. But if there is no public transport , there is no option but to drive.
Lack of public transport is the main reason for traffic delays. While opening of Metropolitan line extension to Watford Junction will solve the delays at Watford Stadium Football days, I guess the Council can approve a bus route between Watford Junction and the temple on Event days which will help both the visitors and the local population. Most people love to use public transport instead the hassle of driving on congested roads and finding parking space during Event days. But if there is no public transport , there is no option but to drive. samwatford
  • Score: 3

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