Take a Ticket to Ride to Lumiere
With the UK's largest light festival almost here, visitors heading for Lumiere are being urged to plan their journey to make the most of the many travel options available.
Similarly motorists who cut through Durham City on their commute across the county are being warned that some significant disruption is likely during the festival, which runs November 16 - 19 and, if they aren't headed there, an alternative route is strongly advised.
Durham Park and RideThere'll be more than 3,000 spaces across Durham County Council's park and ride sites, which are sponsored for the duration of the festival by Motorpoint.
As well as the usual sites at Belmont. Howlands and Sniperley there are additional park and ride facilities at New College Durham, Merryoaks, and Annand House at Meadowfield.
Regular services will run to and from the city centre, with extra stops during the festival to allow people to explore the world class event from a variety of start and finish locations. Services will run until 11.30pm each night and the car parks will remain open all night. The cost is the usual £2 return, with under 16s free.
There will also be enhanced public transport links for the duration of the event.
Dave Wafer, strategic traffic manager, said: "This is the fifth time we have hosted Lumiere and we fully anticipate many tens of thousands of people will come once again to celebrate our fantastic city with us.
"That also means a lot of vehicles so we very much hope the majority of people will take advantage of the extensive park and ride facilities and help themselves to steer clear of any traffic jams.
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"Follow #LumiereDurham before and during the event and we will help direct you to the spaces available and try to give you the best possible start and finish to your festival experience."
This year there will also be additional measures in place to help deliver the most enjoyable experience possible to all those exploring the 29 illuminations, including barriers across Milburngate Bridge to give pedestrians a safe area to cross the River Wear. The lane closure on the bridge, which is necessary to protect pedestrians, will need to be in place for the entire four days of the event and is expected to cause some delays for motorists driving through the city. For that reason anyone who doesn't need to take that route is advised to avoid the city centre during the event. The lane closure is eastbound from Milburngate Bridge to Leazes Bowl. A signed diversion will be in place.
Dave Wafer again: "The vast majority of visitors during the event will be heading to the festival but if you are not we strongly advise you take a different route over those four days.
"Everyone will be very aware of the need for safety measures to be in place and we thank people in advance for their patience and support during Lumiere."
Road and footpath closures
There will also be a number of road and footpath closures leading up to and during the festival which will limit access to the peninsula as well as other city centre areas. Some of these will also cause some disruption.
A full list of park and ride sites, road and footpath closures, parking bay suspensions and other information which the public will find useful is available at our Lumiere pages..
Lumiere is an Artichoke project, commissioned by Durham County Council and supported by Arts Council England and a raft of sponsors.