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In addition to the city centre car parks motorists are encouraged to use the Park and Stride/ Drop Off area which will operate at the Fort George site, accessed off Pennyburn Roundabout. There is will also be a Park and Stride facility operating at Ebrington, accessed from the Limavady road. Please follow AA road direction signage.
On street parking restrictions will be in place throughout the festival, and parking will be available at usual car parks throughout the city. Car Parking along Queen’s Quay will be restricted to allow for increased activity along the Quayside.

To facilitate preparations for the Voyage of Sunniva finale event on Saturday 16th July please note that there may be traffic disruptions along Queen’s Quay and a temporary road closure from 9pm – 11pm so motorists are advised to use alternative routes. The Peace Bridge will also be closed during the finale event between 10pm – 11pm to accommodate the spectacular finale fireworks display. 

At busier times during the festival it may be necessary to introduce additional traffic management and parking restrictions, and timings of road closures may be extended. The public are advised to tune into BBC Radio Foyle and Q102.9 FM for regular updates on changes to travel.

All festival goers should note that welfare facilities on site will include Information Points, ticketing points and toilets at convenient locations throughout the city centre. There will also be a quiet area located beside the main Council building throughout all major events for anyone who requires a break from the crowds. All facilities will be sign posted and stewards and event staff will be able to provide direction. 

For anyone with limited mobility accessible viewing areas and a designated drop off point will be in place beside McFarland Quay and dedicated staff will be on duty at all disabled access facilities. Blue Badge holders should use available public, accessible car parking spaces. 

Anyone travelling from outside the city should note that Translink are currently offering a number of discounted deals on bus, coach and rail tickets, so to plan your journey and select your best value ticket simply click www.translink.co.uk/foylemaritime/ or call 90 66 66 30.

Crossing by Air

Northern Ireland is served by flights into City of Derry Airport ,Belfast International Airport and Belfast City Airport Scheduled air services operate from nearly all major UK airports. There are many direct flights from major European cities. Major airlines operate scheduled services from the US and Canada to Belfast International Airport via UK and Republic of Ireland airports. Additionally, there are charter flights direct from New York and Toronto to Belfast. Click here for airport & route information…

Crossing by Ferry

Coast to Coast from Scotland to Northern Ireland in an hour!
Northern Ireland has first-class ferry connections with Scotland, England and the Isle of Man. New, high-speed vessels, enhanced on-board amenities, entertainment and shopping, together with lower prices*, make the car ferry a very attractive way to go. 

Check prices with the operators at time of booking. Click here for port & ferry information…

Cross Border Services – By Road/Rail

There are also good cross-border bus and rail links from the Irish Republic.
BUS  – Ulsterbus work in co-operation with Bus Eireann and will have current bus schedules and prices.
RAIL – NI Railways work in co-operation with IarnródÉireann as part of the Enterprise service between Dublin and Belfast.

When you arrive | Getting Around

Making your way around Northern Ireland using public transport couldn’t be easier. Translink operates the Ulsterbus, and NIRailways integrated public transport system – you can reach every corner of every County in a couple of hours. For timetable information: www.translink.co.uk * (Promotions, family day trips and student discount information)

Taxi Services

When you’re in the city Taxis are a relatively cheap means of getting around. City Cabs Derry can be booked online or via their app for both iPhone and Android available in the App Store or Google Play.
Tel. 02871262626

Traffic and Travel Info

Whether you’re planning to stay on land or water we’ve got accommodation offers to really float your boat.  With luxurious suites from just £70 pps economical rooms from just £34.50 pps, there’s plenty to suit you and your budget, whatever the size.  View our festival special offers online.

Or if you’re planning to make your boat your home for the week we’ve got special berthing rates of just £10 per night.
Register for updates on the festival by visiting www.foylemaritime.com

Book a berth now!
www.londonderryport.com
Contact the Londonderry Port +44 (0) 28 71860555
Book your accommodation
Telephone +44 (0) 28 71263511

Driving to the Event

If you are driving to the event, or are being dropped off, then you are asked to note the following information:
In addition to the city centre car parks, a Park and Stride/ Drop Off area will be available at the Fort George site, accessed off Pennyburn Roundabout.  There is also a Park and Stride operating at Ebrington, assessed off the Limavady road.  Please follow AA road direction signage.

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. 
Please note there are roadworks on the Buncrana Road between ??? and ???  daily, diversions are in place………..
To facilitate preparations for the finale event on Saturday 16th July please note that there may be traffic disruptions along queen’s quay from 9pm – 11pm so motorists are advised to use alternative routes.
Again to facilitate the finale event the Peace Bridge will be closed between 10pm – 11pm to accommodate a fireworks display. 
Festival goers should note that the finale event can be viewed from Ebrington where there will also be live music and a bar area. 

First Aid

St John Ambulance 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.

Information and Welfare

Welfare facilities on site will include Info points and ticketing points and toilets.  There will also be a Mother and Baby / Quiet area located at the back of the Festival Village beside the Council Offices. All facilities will be sign posted and stewards / event staff will be able to provide direction. 

Accessibility

We will have various facilities in place to assist disabled people. These will include; wheelchair accessible toilets; accessible viewing areas and a designated drop off point. Dedicated staff will be on duty at all disabled access facilities on the day. 
There will be a quiet space available 14th-17h July at side of Council offices.

There is a disabled viewing platform at McFarland Quay near foyle view apartments.  There will be a drop off point at the side of foyle view apartments

Blue Badge holders should use available public, accessible car parking spaces. 

Messages for residents

Foyle Maritime Festival Update for Residents in Baronet Street

Please note that the Clipper Race Fleet is due to arrive from 06 July onwards and will berth at the Foyle Marina until Sunday 17. In anticipation of the crowds that may want to come and see the race fleet we may have to put traffic restrictions in place from the evening of 06 July onwards and possibly close through access from Baronet Street to Fletcher Avenue depending on the scale of the crowds in the area. We will make this decision on the advice of the PSNI.

In order to accommodate residents living in Baronet Street we will have parking permits available to collect from council offices from Monday 4 July onwards. In the event of restricted access/no through access there will be a traffic management system in place with security that will be on hand to assist and advise at all times. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure you that we will endeavour to limit these restrictions where and when possible.

Please ask for Tara Nicholas at council reception in order to sign out a parking permit. Proof of address will be required to ensure residents only can avail of these permits, please bring this proof with you when requesting a permit.

Foyle Maritime Festival Update for Businesses within Festival Zone along McFarland Quay

Please note that the Clipper Race Fleet is due to arrive from 06 July onwards and will berth at the Foyle Marina until Sunday 17. In anticipation of the crowds that may want to come and see the race fleet we may have to put traffic restrictions in place from the evening of 06 July onwards and possibly close through access from Baronet Street to Fletcher Avenue depending on the scale of the crowds in the area. We will make this decision on the advice of the PSNI.

In the event of restricted access/no through access there will be a traffic management system in place with security that will be on hand to assist and advise at all times. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and assure you that we will endeavour to limit these restrictions where and when possible.

All businesses are asked to comply with the following daily schedule for deliveries/logistics when we will be able to facilitate traffic and street cleansing within the festival zone.

From Thursday 6 July until Friday 15 July

Full access will be available until 10am every day with restricted access from 10am until 10pm

The festival site will be open from 10am until 11pm on Saturday 16 July

The festival site will open at 10am and close at 6pm on Sunday 17 July

Please note that although through access may be restricted within the zone between Baronet Street and Fletcher Avenue, drop offs will be facilitated where possible. We hope the festival and all the visitors it attracts bring benefit to your business during this time. We would welcome any comments/suggestions that you feel may assist us in ensuring the festival is a success for all concerned.