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Traffic and travel advice for Diwali celebrations

Published on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

PEOPLE traveling in Leicester this weekend are reminded that the city’s Diwali celebrations will be taking place on the Golden Mile in Belgrave.

Tens of thousands of people are expected at the hugely-popular Diwali Lights switch-on event on Sunday, October 16, which regularly attracts about 35,000 people every year to see 6,000 festive lights illuminated.

As part of the event and preparations, there will be a number of road closures and parking restrictions in the surrounding area during the Sunday daytime and evening.

Belgrave Road will be partially closed between Belgrave Circle and Garfield Street from 10am on Sunday, October 16, for the stage to be set up, although vehicles will still be able to access the rest of the Golden Mile from the Loughborough Road end until 5pm.

From 5pm, Belgrave Road will be totally closed along with the junctions to the side roads, until 9.30pm. Then, from 9.30pm to approximately 11pm, it with revert to the partial closure while the stage is dismantled.

In addition, there will be clearly marked parking restrictions on some side roads which are being kept clear for emergency vehicles.

Abbey Park will also close earlier than normal at 4.30pm to allow for preparations to be completed.

Car parking spaces in and around Belgrave will be extremely limited, so people are being asked to use other forms of transport.

A special Diwali Park and Ride bus service will be operating from the Birstall Park and Ride site, to Abbey Park Road. It will operate from 4pm to 8pm, with return journeys running from Abbey Park Road from 8.30pm to 10pm. 

The nearest car park to the Golden Mile is a 24-hour NCP car park at Abbey Street, which is a three-minute walk from bus stops and about a 15 minute-walk from the event. Other 24-hour parking is available in the city centre at the Haymarket Centre and at Lee Circle, which are both about 15 minutes away on foot. 

There is also free bike and buggy parking, located next to the 110-ft Wheel of Light.

More info on traffic and travel choices is available at:

The Diwali stage programme runs from 5.30pm to 8pm, with the lights being switched on at 7.30pm. 

A special Diwali Village on Cossington Street Recreation Ground will be open from 3pm to 9pm, featuring an interactive light installation called Ocean of Light, and a rangoli-themed dance performance called Colours of Radiance, along with children’s funfair rides and stalls serving traditional Indian food.

The glittering Wheel of Light will also be in operation, offering breath-taking views of the city, from 12noon to 10pm on the Sunday.

Full details of all Diwali events, road closures and travel options are available at: 

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The Diwali 2016 guide is also widely available from the Visit Leicester centre in Gallowtree Gate, as well as customer service centres, libraries, shops and cafes.