Traffic and Travel

Motorists travelling into the city for the carnival are advised to follow AA directional signage.

The last train departure from Derry-Londonderry to Belfast is at 9.38pm on Tuesday evening.

Car parking will be available at major car parks such as Foyleside Shopping Centre, Quayside Shopping Centre, William Street Car Park and at the Fort George, NW Regional College, Magee University and Oakgrove Primary School.

Further traffic diversions will be in place in and around the city centre, therefore we do advise that where possible avoid driving to the city centre, opt to park and stride where possible and allow a little extra time for your journey. Park and stride facilities are available at both Fort George, North West Regional College, Magee University and Oakgrove Primary School. The Peace Bridge will also be closed from 7.15pm until 8.40pm. Once the event has ended, Peace Bride and road access should be returned to normal fairly quickly.

For those looking to get a good viewing position of the fireworks, Queen’s Quay will be the ideal spot. There will also be an accessible viewing area for people with disabilities located on the Queen’s Quay opposite the City Hotel and in the Strand Road Car Park.

For safety reasons, it will be necessary to introduce traffic management and parking restrictions at various times during the event.  For more detail visit the festival website or tune into BBC Radio Foyle and Q102.9 fm for latest updates. 

Drivers are reminded that normal on street parking restrictions will be in place and that they should avoid parking anywhere where they may be blocking entrances to residences or businesses or were they may be obstructing emergency access. 

Disabled parking:

A limited number of disabled viewing car parking spaces for the parade and fireworks display are available in Strand Road Car Park. These will not be accessible after 6pm due to traffic restrictions on the Strand Road. Blue Badge holders are advised to use available public, disabled car parking spaces.

Drop offs:

Vehicles stopping to drop off passengers are advised to park in a safe location and to avoid the immediate vicinity of Queen’s Quay and the Limavady Road / St. Columb’s Road junction, in order to minimise traffic congestion.

Traffic restrictions:

Motorists are advised to expect some delays and diversions during the parade and fireworks display.

In the interests of safety, the following roads will be closed to traffic or have traffic restrictions in place for the event:

• Lane closures will be introduced along the Strand Road and Foyle Embankment in advance of the parade. The Strand Road lane closure in front of the Council offices will be in operation between 6.00pm and 8.45pm. The Foyle Embankment lane closure, on the city bound approach to Water Street will be operational from 6.50pm until approximately 8.30pm.

•Strand Road, Harbour Square, Queen’s Quay, Whittaker Street and the Foyle Embankment, between Water Street and the City Hotel, will be closed to traffic for varying lengths of time during the evening events, between 6.00pm and 8.30pm. Alternative diversion routes will be available during these times.
Please note that all times are approximate and that road closures and diversions will be kept to the minimum length necessary to ensure safety.


First Aid

Our First Aid Provider's will be in attendance to provide first aid cover during the event and there will be sign posted first aid points throughout the festival site.