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Procession of light: What’s the route and which roads are closed for Lancashire Encounter event

Posted on - 24th September, 2016 - 2:53pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre, Things To Do, University
Roads are being closed from late afternoon for the procession

Roads are being closed from late afternoon for the procession

Roads are being closed throughout Preston city centre as a procession of light prepares to flood the streets.

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Taking place as part of the Lancashire Encounter festival the roads are closed from 8pm on Saturday (24 September).

The route for the procession takes it from the Adelphi roundabout – near the University of Central Lancashire campus – down Friargate towards the city centre.

It then cuts left into the Ringway and comes round to the junction with Lancaster Road.

From there it comes down Lancaster Road, and turns right before the Town Hall and comes down the side of the Market.

Torchbearers make their way into Birley Street and across the Flag Market, past Miller Arcade and turn right into Fishergate.

A map of the procession route

A map of the procession route

They make their way along Fishergate before turning right into Corporation Street – taking care not to hit the Fishergate bollard.

Read more: Glow sticks, dancing and red balloons signal start of the Lancashire Encounter

They cross Ringway and continue up Corporation Street and back to the Adelphi roundabout where the procession ends.

It’s expected to finish around 10pm.

Which roads are being closed and when?

Adelphi Street – Closed from 4.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Moor Lane – Closed from 4.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Friargate – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Ringway – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Lancaster Road – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Earl Street – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Birley Street – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Church Street – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Fishergate – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Corporation Street – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)
Kendal Street Roundabout – Closed from 6.00pm until 12.00am (midnight)

Other roads due to be affected, although not closed are:
Appleby Street – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Union Street – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Old Vicarage – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Avenham Street – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Glovers Court – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Guild Hall Street – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Winckley Street – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)
Mount Street – Road affected from 6.00pm until 12.00am (Midnight)

Where can I park?

All car parks are open as normal, but keep in mind the road closures above. Allow plenty of time to get in position along the route.

We’d recommend the Bus Station, as Tithebarn Street isn’t affected by the procession and you can access from further up the Ringway.

Another good option is Walker Street.

What about the buses?

There are a number of diversions on bus routes in the city. You can see a breakdown from Preston Bus of each route affected.

What’s on and when for the Lancashire Encounter?

See our guide to Saturday and Sunday of the arts festival

Will you be going to watch the procession? Are you taking part? Let us know in the comments below

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