Lighting the way as festival-goers make plans for Durham's Lumiere

The Red House by Patrice Warrener.

The Red House by Patrice Warrener.

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Festival chiefs have released details of how to get about to make the most of Durham's Lumiere celebrations.

The four-day light extravaganza returns to the city from Thursday, November 12, to Sunday, November 15, and is expected to attract in tens of thousands if people.

A map issued by Lumiere organisers.

A map issued by Lumiere organisers.

The festival will feature 28 artworks will be installed as part of the Artichoke production, which has been commissioned by Durham County Council.

To help visitors make the most of the occasion, there will be extra and extended park and ride facilities, which a charge of £2 per person, additional bus services and a live traffic and travel feed from 2pm until 11pm on each of the four days using #lumieredurham via Twitter.

Visitors will also be able to use limited park and stride facilities at County Hall and the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery, but this is expected to be busy early in the evening and council bosses have advised people should use the park and ride services.

Dave Wafer, strategic traffic manager at the council, said: “This year we have more than 6,000 Park and Ride spaces available

Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett's CLOUD.

Caitlind Brown and Wayne Garrett's CLOUD.

"These include two additional temporary sites at Merryoaks on the A167 and at New College to the north of County Hall

"Merryoaks alone can take 2,500 cars.

“Throughout the event we will provide a live traffic and travel feed using #lumieredurham on Facebook and Twitter

"This will include information on which Park and Ride sites have spaces, specific highways or traffic issues, major road closure reminders as well as answering as many questions as we can from the public.

A map of traffic management plans for Lumiere.

A map of traffic management plans for Lumiere.

“We hope that together these measures will help people get the most from this fantastic event.”

During the festival there will also be some significant road closures and restrictions.

On Milburngate Bridge one lane will be closed eastbound for the duration of the festival.

This is necessary to keep the many thousands of spectators expected as safe as possible as they cross the bridge.

TILT Garden of Light.

TILT Garden of Light.

Barriers will be put in place to separate pedestrians and motorists using the bridge.

This will involve closing the eastbound carriageway overnight on Wednesday, November 11, from 8pm, so they can be safely installed.

The bridge will also close in an eastbound direction overnight on Sunday, November 15, so the barriers can be removed before Monday morning traffic.

This year a section of the A690, between Milburngate roundabout and North Road Roundabout, next to the viaduct, will be closed from 4pm each day of the festival.

This includes the roundabout, which will only allow access for buses.

Alternative routes will be sign posted.

The Park and Ride bus timetable for Lumiere.

The Park and Ride bus timetable for Lumiere.

Mr Wafer added: “Unfortunately you can’t put on an event of this scale without some interruption but we hope that by providing advance notice people will have plenty of time to

plan their routes.

"We would strongly suggest that people who usually commute through Durham consider an alternative route during the festival.

“We are keeping road closures to a minimum and where they are needed in the interests of public safety and to provide the best possible festival experience, we would ask for

everyone’s support and patience.”

A full list of road closures, as well as more information on all the traffic and travel options, including the additional bus services and operating times for Park and Ride are available via www.durham.gov.uk/Lumiere.

Change Your Stripes by Cleary Connolly.

Change Your Stripes by Cleary Connolly.