The Return of Colmcille - Traffic and Travel

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The Return of Colmcille this weekend will be the biggest street pageant the city has ever seen which will necessitate some disruption to traffic during certain times between Thursday and Saturday.

To accommodate both crowds and performers for The Arrival, The People’s Procession and the Showdown on the Foyle, several road and lane closures will be in effect.

The Peace Bridge will be closed on Friday from 7.30pm to 10.30pm and on Saturday from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.

Whittaker Street will be closed between 8pm and 9.30pm on Thursday and between 6.30pm and 9.15pm on Friday.

Pump Street and London Street will be closed to vehicles between 8am and 6pm on Saturday. The rest of the city centre will be open to traffic as usual.

Queens Quay will be closed from 8.15pm to 11.30pm on Saturday.

Foyle Embankment and Strand Road will be closed from 8.15pm to approximately 22.15pm on Saturday.

St Columb’s Road will be closed to vehicles between 4pm and 11.45pm on Saturday, with the exception of Browning Drive residents.

On Saturday eveningThe People’s Procession and the Showdown on the Foyle cannot be viewed from Ebrington Square or the eastern bank of the River Foyle and St Columb’s Park for reasons of audience safety and good sightlines and these areas will remain closed. The viewing areas for the public are located along Queen’s Quay and also for The Procession at Foyle Street and Strand Road.

A platform for wheelchair users is located in Queen’s Quay car park. The drop off point is by the Strand Road roundabout. Anyone requiring this facility is asked to contact 02871 360886 to give your name and contact details.

Car Parking

Foyleside and Quayside car parks will open late on both Friday and Saturday but access will be restricted to them between 8.15pm and 11.30pm on Saturday. A ‘Park and Stride’ facility will be available at Fort George off the Strand Road which leaves approximately a 15-minute walk to the city centre.


The Taxi Association will run a temporary taxi stand from the Diamond on Friday and on Saturday.

Public Transport

To support audiences coming to the city for The Return of Colmcille Translink is running additional services to Limavady, Strabane and Dungiven following the events on Friday 7 June and Saturday 8 June. Tickets must be purchased in advance of travelling.

Translink is also running additional city services on both Friday 7 June and Saturday 8 June to get participants and audiences to and from the events.

· Friday 7 June 5.30pm to 10.30pm

· Saturday 8 June 6pm to midnight.