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Traffic and Travel


Members of the public attending the St Patrick’s Day Spring Carnival celebrations are being urged to familiarise themselves with the traffic and travel arrangements in place.

There will be some disruption to normal travel movements and are people are encouraged to preplan their journeys and heed the advice of the PSNI and festival stewards to help minimise disruption.

Where possible, the public are strongly advised to use the public transport system or  to consider walking to the event. Details of all buses can be found by visiting www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables


Key event times:

The St Patrick's Day Spring Carnival Carnival Parade commences at 2.00pm and will exit from Bishop Street Car Park onto Bishop Street. From there it will proceed to the Diamond, travel down Shipquay Street to Whitaker Street,  turn left at Harbour Square Roundabout up to Custom House Street before turning right into Waterloo Place. From here it will turn right onto Strand Road proceeding to Strand Road Car Park where it will end at approximately  3.15pm.


Accessible Viewing

An accessible viewing area for people with disabilities will be located on Whitaker Street opposite the Guildhall. It is advisable that disabled persons with mobility impairments, who wish to avail of this area, plan to arrive a little earlier in order to ensure unimpeded access before the surrounding areas become congested.


Public transport:

Where possible, the public are strongly advised to use the public transport system or to consider walking to the event. Details of all buses can be found by visiting www.translink.co.uk/Routes-and-Timetables



Existing car parking areas that will be available include:

City side car parks: Foyleside Shopping Centre Car Park East , Foyleside West and Quayside Shopping Centre, Foyle Road, Magee Campus (Lawrence Hill),Victoria Market ( Restricted), Queens Quay, Society Street, Carlisle Road and William Street. The car park at the Council Offices on Strand Road will also be opened to allow access to the general public on the day. 

Waterside car parks: Alfred Street, Bond’s Hill, Distillery Brae, Simpsons Brae, Spencer Road and Old Bridge House.

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

Please note there will be restrictions to Foyle Street and Bishop Street Car Parks and the Strand Road Car Park will be closed on Saturday 17th March.

Disabled parking:

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

Accessible parking for the viewing area platform will be accommodated in the Foyle Street Car Park but these spaces will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


Parking restrictions:

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 where they may be obstructing emergency access. It is vital, therefore, that people use the available car parks.

In addition, the following parking restrictions will be in force during the day.

The car parks at Strand Road, Foyle Street, Victoria Market and Bishop Street will have restrictions on Saturday 17 March


Drop offs:

Vehicles stopping to drop off passengers are advised to park in a safe location and to avoid the immediate vicinity of the City Centre, in order to minimise traffic congestion.


Traffic restrictions:

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

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

  • Bishop Street, Shipquay Street and Strand Road will be restricted to traffic for varying lengths of time during the afternoon between 12.00pm and 4.00pm. Alternative diversion routes will be available during these times.
  • The Foyle Embankment lane restriction, on the city bound approach from Translink Bus Depot will be operational from 1.00pm until approximately 4.00pm.


Please note that all times are approximate and that road restrictions and diversions will be kept to the minimum length necessary to ensure safety

Tune into BBC Radio Foyle and Q120.9FM for updates on traffic and car parking information.