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Lumiere traffic and travel

Published November 06, 2019 2.01pm

With the UK's largest light festival less than a week away, visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey in advance.

Lumiere traffic and travel 2019

Visitors are encouraged to park and ride

Lumiere returns to Durham City from Thursday 14 to Sunday 17 November. To mark the event's 10th anniversary, visitors are promised the return of a number of festival favourites alongside new commissions.

Tens of thousands of people from across the region and beyond are expected to attend the four-day spectacular, which we commissioned and which is supported by Arts Council England and a number of sponsors.

With estimates that this year could be the biggest Lumiere yet, visitors are advised to use the city's park and ride service, which will offer an extended service during the festival.


Park and ride

Up to 6,000 parking spaces will be available across sites at the normal Belmont, Howlands and Sniperley sites and three additional facilities at New College Durham, Merryoaks and Annand House at Meadowfield.

Regular services will run from to and from each site into the city centre, with extra stops to allow people to explore the event from a variety of start and finish locations. Services will run until 11.30pm each night, while car parks will remain open round-the-clock. Return tickets are £2 per person or free for concessionary pass holders and under-16s who are accompanied by an adult.

Local bus operators will also be providing additional services.

Tickets and a one way system

As in previous years, anyone wishing to enter the market place or peninsula area of the city between 4.30pm and 7.30pm will require a ticket. A one-way system will also be in place in some areas around the market place and cathedral in order to help manage the flow of people in these more historic, confined parts of the city.

Access to the peninsula and some other areas of the city will also be limited in the run up to the festival due to a number of road and footpath closures.

Dave Wafer, our strategic traffic manager, said: "We are expecting large numbers of visitors to the city during Lumiere so it is important that festival-goers plan their travel arrangements in advance in order to make the most of the event.

"We would also advise anyone travelling through the city takes into account how the increased traffic may affect their journey."

Live updates

For live travel updates during the festival period, follow @DurhamCouncil on Facebook or Twitter or use the hashtag #LumiereDurham.

This year, for the first time, the festival also has its own free app which can be downloaded in advance from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Find road and footpath closures

A full list of park and ride sites, road and footpath closures, changes to parking bays and other information is available on our Lumiere web page.

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