Traffic and travel information for ‘Hear The City Sing’ Event

16th January 2014

Thousands are expected to turn out this Friday (17th Jan) to the Peace Garden / Foyle St Car Park for the first Music City 2014 Legacy event when Edith Bowman (from Radio 1) will introduce performances on the Live Music stage and performances from Shane Filan, former Westlife star, Little Bear, The Clameens culminating in the illumination of the Global Rainbow.

The event starts at 7.30pm and event goers are being urged to use public transport where possible or consider walking to the event.

Paul Rafferty, Derry City Council said:

“We are anticipating a huge turnout on Friday evening and in order to facilitate a safe event members of the public are advised that there will be some disruption to normal travel movements during the day (Friday).  We are advising motorists to expect some delays with diversions throughout the day, to facilitate both the site build and the event itself.”

“We must remind drivers that normal on street parking restrictions will be in place and to please avoid parking anywhere where they may be blocking entrances to residences or businesses or where they may be obstructing emergency access.  With the absence of park and ride facilities we have designated a drop off point for those attending the event which is located at the entrance to Custom House Street.”

The following roads will be closed to traffic or have traffic restrictions in place for the event.  Whittaker Street and one lane of Shipquay Street will be closed from 8.00am on Friday until approximately 2.00am on Saturday, in order to accommodate the stage build and break down. Vehicles wishing to enter Shipquay Street during these times should enter via Foyle Street. However, Shipquay Street and Foyle Street (from Water Street junction) will be completely closed from 7.00pm to 10.00pm approximately on Friday evening. Please note that all times are approximate and that road closures and diversions will be kept to the minimum length necessary to ensure safety.

There will be ample car parking spaces within the vicinity of the event zone available, car parking available in city side includes, Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East (until 11.30pm) and Foyleside West (until 10.00 pm) and  Quayside Shopping Centre (until 10.00 pm), Foyle Road, Strand Road, Queen’s Quay, Victoria Market, Society Street, Bishop Street, Carlisle Road and William Street.

In the Waterside available car parking includes those atAlfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpsons Brae, Spencer Road and Waterside Health Centre. The DRD car park at Foyle Street will be closed off for public access from midnight on Thursday 16th January until 8.00am on Saturday 18 January 2014.

Disabled parking and Blue Badge holders are advised to use available public, disabled car parking spaces.

Derry Taxis would like to announce that from 6pm – 10pm approximately they will relocate their taxi services from Foyle Street to the lay by opposite the Exchange Restaurant.

Apologising for any inconvenience caused, Paul Rafferty continued:

“Derry City Council advises that members of the public should be prepared for some delays and to allow a little extra time when planning their journeys throughout the day and to follow instructions from the event stewards on duty where necessary.”

In addition on Friday evening in the run up to the event, live music performances will be offered in a number of local cafes, restaurants, hotels, bars and retail outlets from 7pm-8pm as part of a new initiative to create a Friday evening music Culture in our City Centre.

For further traffic and travel on the event tune into BBC Radio Foyle and Q120.9FM for updates on traffic and car parking information.

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

The latest information on road works is available at http://trafficwatchni.com/home.

For more information visit www.derrycity.gov.uk/legacy or contact Derry City Council on 028 71376545.

Further press information can be obtained by contacting Marketing and Communications Section, Tel, 028 7137 6504