PUBLIC transport will play a key role in ensuring Southend’s road are not gridlocked by the thousands of fans travelling to the new music festival.

Councillors across the board are behind the event, despite raising concerns over increased traffic.

The festival is due to be held on September 2, 3 and 4 inside a hanger at Southend Airport. 

Around 10,000 people are expected to attend the event, which will include global stars as well as upcoming artists.

Steve Buckley, Conservative councillor for St Laurence ward, said: “I do have questions over the increased volume of traffic and would ask what arrangements would be in place for any parking issues and what capacity has the hangar where it takes place have.”

Carole Mulroney, councillor responsible for culture and tourism, revealed a shuttle bus service will run from the city centre to the airport to transport visitors.

A campaign to encourage festival-goers to use public transport will also be launched, with a particular focus on using trains which run directly to Southend Airport.

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She said: “There is a dedicated railway station at the airport and the publicity for this will focus on people coming by public transport.”

Tony Cox, leader of the Conservative Group, said: “I know there is going to be concerns in those wards nearby about traffic management but it is not going to be beyond our wit to put traffic management systems in place that will hopefully satisfy residents.

“I think from the speed that it’s been done and for the work the partnership have done to get this far shouldn’t go unrecognised.

“Hopefully it’s the first of many.”