Derry Halloween: traffic and travel for the main celebrations

Fire dancers performing at the Peace Bridge in Derry during a previous Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com.

Fire dancers performing at the Peace Bridge in Derry during a previous Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival. Picture Martin mckeown. Inpresspics.com.

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Local people have been advised to expect some travel tomorrow evening during the main celebrations.

The best position to enjoy the fireworks after the parade will be from along Queen’s Quay and there will also be an accessible viewing area for people with disabilities located on the Queen’s Quay opposite the City Hotel. It’s advised that disabled persons with impaired mobility who wish to avail of this area, should arrive a little earlier in order to ensure unimpeded access before the surrounding areas become heavily crowded.

Local people are being are strongly advised to use the public transport system or to consider walking to the event if possible.

A park and stride facility will be in operation from Fort George and Ebrington Square (accessible via St Columb’s Rd) from 5pm to 10pm on Saturday.

Details of all buses and times can be found by visiting www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables.

Car parking areas that will be available in and near the city centre include: Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East (until 11.30pm), Foyleside Car Park West (until 10pm), Quayside Shopping Centre (until 11.45pm), Foyle Road, Magee Campus (Lawrence Hill), Strand Road, Society Street, Bishop Street, Carlisle Road and William Street.

Waterside car parks will include: Ebrington Square (via St Columbs Rd), Alfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpson’s Brae, Spencer Road and Waterside Health Centre.

Motorists are advised that there are likely to be delays when exiting some car parks during the parade and after the fireworks display.

A limited number of disabled viewing car parking spaces for the parade and fireworks display are available at Strand Road Car Park. These will not be accessible after 6.45pm due to traffic restrictions on the Strand Road. Blue Badge holders are advised to use available public, disabled car parking spaces.