Durham Lumiere 2019 buses include extra services to get visitors home after the festival. There are also bus route diversions in place - here are the details.
With tens of thousands of people heading to the four day festival, the Durham Lumiere buses are likely to be one of the key ways to get into and out of the city, and there are extra services for Chester-le-Street, Birtley, Gateshead, Newcastle, Bishop Auckland, Spennymoor, Consett, Lanchester, Stanley, Houghton-le-Spring, Sunderland, Seaham, Murton, Hetton-le-Hole, Langley Park and Witton Gilbert.
So what is the Durham Lumiere bus information from GoNorthEast?
Durham Lumiere buses for Chester-le-Street or Birtley
The Angel 21 service will run at least every 15 minutes throughout the evening as far as Newcastle Bank in Birtley, with buses departing from Durham Bus Station.
Durham Lumiere buses for Gateshead or Newcastle
The X-lines X21 service will run hourly from Durham Bus Station between 7.05pm and 11.05pm, plus the Angel 21 service will run every 30 minutes throughout the evening.
Durham Lumiere buses for Bishop Auckland or Spennymoor
The X-lines X21 service will run twice an hour from Durham to Bishop Auckland via Spennymoor with buses leaving on the hour and half-hour from Durham Bus Station. Buses will also stop on Claypath Underpass, but won't stop at Milburngate stops due to road closures in the city centre.
Durham Lumiere buses for Consett or Lanchester
The X15 service has buses at 7.35pm, 8.50pm, 10.05pm and 11.15pm from Durham Bus Station. There's also an extra journey from Consett to Durham on Sunday evening at 6.45pm from Consett and 6.59pm from Lanchester Village Green.
Durham Lumiere buses for Stanley
There are extra buses running on the Durham Diamond 16A service to give an evening service to Stanley every 30 minutes from Durham with buses leaving at 25 minutes past and five minutes to the hour from Durham Bus Station.
Durham Lumiere buses for Houghton-le-Spring and Sunderland
The Prince Bishops 20 services will run every 30 minutes throughout the evening from Durham Bus Station and Claypath Underpass, running larger buses. Road closures in the city centre will mean that buses won't be stopping at Milburngate stops from late afternoon and throughout the evening during the Lumiere event.
Durham Lumiere buses for Seaham, Murton and Hetton-le-Hole
There will be later buses on the 265 from Durham to Seaham via Belmont, High Pittington, Hetton-le-Hole and Murton for each evening of Lumiere with buses leaving Durham at 7.50pm, 9.20pm and 10.50pm. On Sunday evening, there'll also be extra buses from Seaham, Murton, Hetton-le-Hole, High Pittington and Belmont into Durham, with buses leaving Seaham at 3.10pm, 4.40pm and 6.10pm.
Durham Lumiere buses for Langley Park and Witton Gilbert
There are extra evening journeys running on Sunday evening as well as the usual evening service on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Buses will leave Langley Park from 7.05pm and run hourly until 10.05pm, with buses leaving Durham Bus Station at 7.35pm and running hourly until 10.35pm.
Durham Lumiere 2019 bus diversions
The south end of North Road, Millburngate and Claypath will be closed each day.
Bus stops on Claypath and Milburngate will be suspended each day. For services in the direction of Gilesgate and Sherburn, use Leazes Bowl service 20 stop, or for services towards Langley Park, Sacriston, Stanley and Consett use the bus station.
Services 13 and 14 will be unable to use North Road south of the roundabout and will terminate on Stand A in Durham Bus Station, then depart left to North Road and ahead at the roundabout under the viaduct towards County Hall.
Services 16/16A, X5 and X15 will run normal routes into Durham Bus Station, then when leaving, divert left to North Road and ahead at the roundabout under the viaduct towards County Hall.
Services 20 and X20 will run a normal route to Durham Bus Station, but will depart left to North Road, right at the roundabout to Castle Chare and ahead at the Milburngate roundabout towards Milburngate Bridge.
Service X21 (evenings) will run a normal route from Bishop Auckland via Elvet to Durham Bus Station, but from Chester-le-Street towards Bishop Auckland will operate a normal route to Durham Bus Station, but will depart left to North Road, right at the roundabout to Castle Chare and ahead at Milburngate roundabout to Milburngate Bridge and Leazes Bowl, then normal through Elvet.
Services 40/40A from Freemans Place will run a normal route to Providence Row (Ruth First House) lights, then divert left to Claypath up to Gilesgate roundabout and right to Leazes Road and Leazes Bowl roundabout, then second exit at the roundabout for the Market Place and Cathedral, or ahead to Milburngate Bridge for the rail and bus stations.
Services 204/204A, 208 and 265 will run in and out of Durham via Leazes Road and Leazes Bowl, serving stops at St Hilds College and Milburngate Bridge inbound and Leazes Bowl and St Hilds Footbridge from Durham. Due to Milburngate being closed, services will depart the bus station left to North Road, right at the roundabout to Castle Chare and ahead at Milburngate roundabout towards Milburngate Bridge.