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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Park and ride scheme for JLS concert in Carlisle

Details have been announced about an official park and ride facility and shuttle bus service in Carlisle when boyband JLS perform at the city’s Bitts Park on August Bank Holiday weekend.

Michelle Stacey photo
Michelle Stacey

Up to 20,000 JLS fans are expected to converge on the park on Saturday, August 25 to see the chart-topping band play live, supported by fellow former X Factor star Alexandra Burke.

A fleet of shuttle buses will ferry concert ticket-holders in to the city centre site from designated pick-up points in west Cumbria, South West Scotland and Penrith throughout the day before returning them after the gig finishes.

At the same time, more buses will take concert-goers direct to the gig from a park and ride facility being set up at Rosehill Industrial Estate just off Junction 43 of the M6 and return them afterwards.

All buses from the official park and ride facility and shuttle service vehicles will have special access to Devonshire Walk car park. Other vehicles will be turned away from the area, which is expected to be heavily congested throughout the day, with Castle Way being temporarily closed at certain times.

The official transport for the JLS event is being handled by Cumbria-based travel company Reays. The bus and coach operator successfully organised the official transport for Radio 1’s Big Weekend at Carlisle Airport last year, headlined by Lady Gaga.

Michelle Stacey, Reays’ sales and customer service manager, said: “The JLS event is going to be another great day for Carlisle and we are thrilled to have been asked to be the official transport provider. It’s crucial that everyone gets there swiftly and safely and that’s why we’ve drawn up these detailed plans.

“We carried 17,500 people out to Carlisle Airport and back for the the Big Weekend last year and the organisers were absolutely delighted with how it went – before, during and afterwards. We would urge JLS ticket-holders to follow exactly the same advice: use the official transport and let us take all the hassle out of getting there and back.”

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