40,000 Snow Patrol fans to hit Bangor
Up to 40,000 music fans will descend on Bangor on Saturday for Snow Patrol’s massive home-coming concert.
Traffic mayhem is expected around Ward Park, with road and rail routes packed.
Travel plans have been unveiled ahead of the show to minimise disruption to residents and ease congestion. From 9am on Saturday, a half-hourly rail service will run from Great Victoria Street/Belfast Central to Bangor. Concert shuttle services from Bangor to Belfast will run following normal scheduled services.
Trains will run after the concert from around 10.45pm to 12.45am. Express services to Belfast as well as all stops will run subject to demand.
A £12 concert day return ticket between Belfast and Bangor can be pre-purchased from the Translink website.
Onward rail travel from Belfast to Carrickfergus, Lisburn, Portadown and Coleraine is available from £15. Only customers with late night concert shuttle tickets and a valid boarding card will be permitted to travel on special services after 10.30pm. Ulsterbus will run online Snow Patrol coaches from Londonderry, Omagh, Coleraine, Armagh, Newry and Belfast. All return services leave Bangor at 11.15pm. Tickets should be bought in advance from Translink. There will be special shuttle services from Bangor to Newtownards after the concert finishes, £3 single.
Fans arriving by car should follow signs to designated car parks. Park and Walk facilities are at Upper Valentine Playing Fields (entry via Abbey Hill Drive) and Bloomfield Road Playing Fields (entry via Bloomfield Road).
There will be a £5 charge per car. The Flagship Centre car park is offering a pre-bookable service for £5.