Travel plans for the Tall Ships Races

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With up to 500,000 visitors expected at The Tall Ships Races 2015 and Lidl Belfast Titanic Maritime Festival, Translink is providing special transport arrangements for everyone heading to the spectacular maritime event in Belfast’s dockland, July 2 – 5,

Visitors are encouraged to use bus, coach, train and park & ride services to avoid traffic congestion and enjoy hassle-free journeys to the event sites.

A special Translink ‘Smartmoves to the Tall Ships’ Travel Guide is now available to download online at www.translink.co.uk/tallships/ or pick-up from local bus or rail stations and Visit Belfast.

The handy ‘must-have’ guide features a Tall Ships site map showing all the main attractions and transport pick-up/drop-off points as well as listing the range of discount travel tickets available.

Phillip Woods, Translink Service Delivery Manager, said: “This will be an amazing family event featuring the largest fleet of world class Tall Ships ever to anchor in Northern Ireland.

“We’ll be providing enhanced bus and rail capacity during the four day event to ensure visitors enjoy convenient and comfortable journeys so they arrive feeling relaxed and ready for all the quayside action.

“Visitors from outside Belfast can leave the car at home and relax on board the train or Goldline coach services into Belfast city centre for a short 10-15 minute onward stroll to Queen’s Quay.

“If you’re coming from a North or South Antrim direction, throughout the event we’ll be running bus services from our new Park and Ride site at Ballymartin located just off the M2 at the junction for the International Airport which will be specially opened for use during the Tall Ships.

“Once you’re in the city you can enjoy the convenience of our free shuttle bus service operating between the two main festival sites at Queen’s Quay near the Odyssey Arena and Pollock Dock.

“A free city centre shuttle bus service will also travel between Wellington Place and Pollock Dock.”

For full details on Translink travel options during The Tall Ships Races click www.translink.co.uk/tallships/ or call the Translink contact centre on 90 66 66 30.