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Sunderland Illuminations, not getting stuck at the Lights

Dated: 10/10/13 Councillor John Kelly admires the illuminations in Roker Park, Sunderland. The wonderland experience features atmospheric lighting alongside Alice in Wonderland sculptures and runs from October 12th to November 3rd. #NorthNewsAndPictures/2daymedia

EXTRA MEASURES are making travelling to this year’s Sunderland Illuminations as easy as possible. The spectacular event will be held along the city’s award winning seafront between Roker and Seaburn from Saturday 26 September until Sunday 1 November.

Featuring a wide variety of lighting features, installations, events, activities, rides and projected images the event takes place at Roker Park, Cliffe Park and along the seafront from 4-9.30pm each evening.

Sunderland City council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly, said: “This year, working with transport partners Stagecoach, we are providing a park and ride option from the city centre with buses running each evening. For those who enjoy a walk along our fantastic coastline we are also introducing ‘park and walk’ from St Peter’s campus. However people travel, I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic spectacle.”

In addition to the illuminations there will also be a packed event programme taking place including live music, fun fair, road train, children’s entertainers, a roller-rink and big wheel.

Following consultations programme of road closures and a resident parking scheme will be in place from Saturday 26 September The scheme will operate every Thursday toSunday between 3.30 and 10pm and also throughout the school half term holidays (Monday 26 – Friday 30 October).

Councillor Kelly added: “As we develop this fantastic attraction for the city and surrounding area we must also consider the residents that may be affected by parking and transport restrictions. We try our best to make this an event that Sunderland can be proud of and I’d like to thank the residents for their support.”

Park and Ride
Service 101 Sunderland Illuminations from St. Mary’s Boulevard (bus stop opposite Keel Square (on the former Vaux site) via Wearmouth Bridge, Wheatsheaf Gyratory, Dame Dorothy Street, Harbour View, Roker Terrace and Whitburn Road to Seaburn Morrison’s roundabout. Service 101 “Keel Square” will return along the route from Seaburn.

Fare, £1.50 per adult single trip, £2.50 per adult return, and £1.10 for a child day ticket. Under 5s travel free.

The park and ride service is free for people parking in St Mary’s or Sunniside car parks and showing their car park ticket. Parking in these car parks is also free after 3pm eachThursday (details at )

Park and walk (Approx 1mile/20 minutes walk
University of Sunderland St Peter’s campus car park, £1.60 for whole evening from 5pm. (£2 on match days)

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