2016 National Championships; 27th Feb Donington Park, Travel / Access Notes


Donington Park lies just to the west of East Midlands airport, and is accessed via the A453 road.Normally there is only one main entrance to the park, but an extra entrance, complete with temporary traffic lights will operate for the event. Both entrances will be used; the main entrance being used by those approaching from the M1, and the second (Download gate) entrance being used by those from the west & Southwest.

If travelling on the M1, exit using junction 24 and follow signs for East Midlands Airport / A453, as M1 Southbound Exit at Junction 24 and take the 4th exit off. Follow the A453 Ashby Road Southbound. At the Junction of the A453 Ashby Road and the M1 J23a take the 3rd exit and continue along the A453 Ashby Road Southbound. Travel approx. 3 miles until the Junction of A453 and Hill top traffic lights. At this point traffic will be turned right to enter the Site via the Main Entrance. Should any problems mean the above route is closed or very congested, the contingency route will be via the A50 and through Castle Donington. (note this is not recommended as the normal route as it can get very congested due to the traffic light junction in the town)

If travelling from the North West via the M6 and A50, continue to the roundabout at J24 and follow the directions above.

If travelling from the South via the M1 exit the M1 at junction 23a, and follow the directions above from the J23a point. From the East, use the A6 or A453 to reach J23a on the M1 and follow the above directions.

From the West Midlands / South West

Use the M42 motorway, and exit at junction 14, turning onto the A453 Moor Lane. Travel North on the A453 moor Lane until the Junction with the A453 North and Breedon on the Hill turn. Turn right and proceed 1 mile North until the Junction with Melbourne Lane. Turn Left onto Melbourne Lane and follow the signs to the designated entrance gate & vehicle Parks.

Should any problems mean the above route is closed or very congested, the contingency route will be to continue along the M42 to J23a and follow that route.

If any problem or congestion on the actual site occurs, then you may be directed to use the other gate, by the Traffic management Officers who will be manning the junctions.

Signage should be in place on all approach routes to indicate site entrances.

Travelling to Donington Park by Public Transport 
Donington Park is easily accessible internationally via East Midlands International Airport, only 2 miles away.
By Train

The nearest train station to Donington Park is East Midlands Parkway, through which East Midlands Trains operate regular trains.

By Coach

National Express Coaches offer coaches to East Midlands Airport. Coaches frequently go from Derby, Loughborough, London Victoria coach station and other national destinations.

There is also a bus service from Nottingham that goes past the Donnington Park entrance go to

Site and event Access. (Please see the associated Site Overview layout plan)

site overviewAll cars parked via the main gate, or the Download gate, (including disabled permit holders) will becharged a £5 parking fee, paid once you have entered the site, at the pay points shown on the site overview plan.

All clubs who wish to use coach or Minibus travel should apply for a permit via the Northern Athletics office. (Coaches cost £30, mini buses £15). email

Please note that any unbooked / permitted coaches or minibuses will be charged the permit fee on entry, but will be routed to the western coach park area. Any disabled vehicle drivers should apply for a parking permit via the Northern Athletics Office as above.

Tent drop off permits can be obtained via the Northern Office again email All permit holders will be required to use the Main gate entrance. Vehicles will be routed around the red access route and allowed to drop off at the Northern end of the red car park, before being directed to the correct parking area. From the drop off points it is about 600m to the start / finish area. All pedestrians should follow the defined pedestrian route (shown in purple on the site overview plan) to reach the event area. Please note that it is around ¾ of a mile from the furthest car parks to the event area. Toilets are available in the pit stop café and close to the pedestrian crossing, en route to the event area. Portaloos are available in the start / finish area and club tent area.

The location of the various marquees, and refreshments etc are shown on the event layout.Donington Event layout