Revellers at Boardmasters in Newquay faced the agonising wait after a day of chaos at the campsite caused by a road closure and an accident which resulted in gridlock streets around the site
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Fuming festival campers were forced to wait up to seven hours to leave the event with “no toilet facilities or access to food and water”.
Revellers at Boardmasters in Newquay faced the agonising wait after a day of chaos at the campsite caused by an A30 lane closure and an accident which resulted in gridlocked roads around the site.
Some attendees claim they have been waiting since as early as 9am and that struggled to access water and toilets.
Packed festival traffic and a road closure due to a vehicle fire on the A30 over the weekend, as well as a crash this afternoon on the A392, has created a perfect storm on the roads in and out of Newquay and the Watergate Bay area, Cornwall Live reports.
Emily Scott said on Twitter : “No toilets , 7 hours sat here and your staff have told us there is no toilets in this car park and has not been all week so what do we do.”
Twitter user @festerrrrr said: “5 hours with no food, water, or hygienic toilets, no one knows what’s going on and there’s no staff to tell us.
“We seen one steward and she told us to leave the car and go the beach 🙂 🙂 🙂 updates pls.”
Others have tagged the police, council, and the official Boardmasters account begging for updates, and complaining of a lack of information from stewards.
Lee McFarlane, also on Twitter, added: “My daughter been stuck on a coach for several hours now and not moved!!!! Whats your plan???
“They’ve no food. No water. Apparently site volunteers have left.”
A VW campervan caught fire on Saturday on the A30 eastbound, between A39 at Indian Queens and the A391 Victoria Junction.
The road surface was badly damaged after the fire started at around 5pm on Saturday. One lane of the road remains shut, with Boardmasters organisers trying to redirect traffic via the A39 in the direction of Wadebridge.
Organisers have said toilets and water are available – but many are still complaining that they cannot access them.
Sarah Tubbs tweeted: “Please can you get some food and drinks to the coach park.
“My daughter has been waiting to leave for over 4 hours. We know you are struggling but this would be very helpful.”
And user @sammyk7878 added: “@Boardmasters What plans have you got for food and drink in the car park? We’re locked in for hours with nothing.”
Others queried if they could leave their car and pick it up later, once traffic hopefully dies down.
A Boardmasters spokesperson said: “Due to a vehicle fire which has damaged the road surface, the A30 Eastbound is down to one lane, which is causing delays leaving site.
“We’re diverting traffic via the A39 and working to get you on the move ASAP. There are toilets and water available in the car parks.”
For those who have managed to escape the festival grounds, they have reported severe congestion and rammed services.
“If you’re looking for the Boardmasters after party – it’s at Cornwall Services,” said Kate Edney on Twitter.
People who are taking public transport have reported similar issues leaving the festival.
Twitter user @BanfieldTanya said there are “hundreds” of people on the train, with Boardmasters attendees on the floor all around her in first class.
She added: “I can’t get to the toilet as there are so many people.”