Additional bus services and extra Park and Ride options will be on offer around Durham City later this month to help LUMIERE festival goers enjoy a smoother ride.
To help as many people as possible enjoy themselves without the worry of where to park the council is laying on additional evening Park & Ride services for the duration of the festival, this includes services running later into the night. In addition enhanced bus services will be on offer on some Go North East and Arriva routes.
Cllr Neil Foster, Cabinet member for regeneration and economic development, said: "We are really pleased to have been able to organise this in partnership with commercial bus operators, Go North East and Arriva.
"There is no doubt the festival will bring major economic benefits to both the city and the county as a whole. One of these will be an increase in parking revenue in our pay and display venues. It seems fitting that we should put that back into improving the offer to festival goers by funding enhanced Park & Ride and bus service options.
"Hopefully these additional services will mean many people can enjoy their evening without having the worry of where they should park their car."
Later and Additional Services
Go North East will be operating later journeys on each of the following services: 15 (Consett), 43/44 (Stanley) and 262 (Belmont/High Pittington) on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival with the later journeys on the 43/44 also operating on the Sunday evening. Service X20 (Bishop Auckland) will have extra buses to increase the later evening frequency to two buses per hour.
In addition Arriva will be operating extra journeys on service 64 between Brasside/Newton Hall and Sherburn Village.