Traffic & Travel

Members of the public attending the LegenDerry Food Festival are being urged to familiarise themselves with the traffic and travel arrangements in place.

There will be some disruption to normal travel movements and 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


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 Spring Carnival Parade in the city.

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

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 on Saturday.

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.