The roads worth avoiding during the Rugby World Cup have been revealed by Green Flag – and surprisingly they’re not all in London. In fact the analysis, carried out during September 2015, revealed that Elland Road in Leeds is expected to be the most congested rugby ground in the country.
The Rugby World Cup climaxes at Twickenham on the outskirts of London on Saturday October 31. Green Flag data reveals that more than half a million breakdowns will take place in the UK during the course of the tournament. That’s a breakdown every seven seconds.
Although there are expected to be road closures around every stadium during the tournament, Twickenham is expected to be the easiest venue to access throughout the competition, largely because fans are encouraged to travel there by public transport.
Looking at congestion levels on the main roads that lead to each stadium across the country, drivers should set off earliest if they are going to watch games at Elland Road, Leeds, Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester and St James’ Park, Newcastle. Nick Reid, head of rescue at Green Flag, said: “We want to ensure drivers are able to get to games so we have taken a look at how to guarantee a stress free rugby experience. We hope that by revealing research into congestion, driving times and speeds we can help Brits make the most of their journeys.
“The Rugby World Cup is the world’s third largest sporting event after the FIFA World Cup for football and the Olympics. The last time it was held in the UK, more than one million spectators attended games and this time round there are more matches. Clearly there will be a lot of people on the move so drivers should ensure their car is in tip top condition before leaving home.”
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Of the roads analysed, the one least likely to be congested was the M1 between junctions one and two on the way to Wembley Stadium. Sadly that is only the venue for one more match. It was followed in terms of ease of access by the M6 between Junctions six and seven for Villa Park in the Midlands.
Of the 12 stadiums, Twickenham was the best for congestion, followed by the City of Manchester Stadium and Sandy Park in Exeter, Devon. The research suggests the main roads worth avoiding are the M25, the M1, the A74 in England and Scotland and the M6 in England and Scotland.