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Parklife returns this weekend with ‘all the people’ encouraged to use public transport to get to hit festival

Parklife returns this weekend, with festivalgoers being encouraged to use public transport to get to the hugely popular event. 

Tens of thousands of music fans will descend on Heaton Park on Saturday and Sunday to catch top acts including Becky Hill, Disclosure and Doja Cat.  
  

The festival kicks off a summer of bumper shows in Greater Manchester - with big name acts also appearing at Co-op Live, AO Arena, Wythenshawe Park and Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground.  
  
Customers are strongly recommended to make the most of the public transport options on offer, plan ahead and leave plenty of time for their journeys. The Bee Network app and the website will provide up to date information before, and over the course of the weekend.  
  
Tram will be the best way to travel to Parklife, with services connecting directly to the city centre and providing easy access to all 99 stops across Greater Manchester.   

The new Parklife travel ticket, available on the Bee Network app, makes it easier than ever to get to the festival, covering tram and shuttlebus travel from the city centre with one ticket (Saturday only: £5.50, Sunday only: £5.50, Weekend ticket - both days - £11).   

Festivalgoers can travel on the tram from any of the city centre stops (Zone 1) to Heaton Park and Bowker Vale. Services will operate every six minutes from the city centre, with both stops just a few minutes away from the festival gates. People will need to use Bowker Vale to get back to the city centre after the event as the Heaton Park stop will be closed for safety reasons.  
  
Shuttle buses will also run between Aytoun Street, in Manchester city centre, and Heaton Park. The first bus will depart at 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. The last bus will depart at 4.30pm on both days. Buses will run back into Manchester from the early evening until the site is clear.  
  
Those not going to Parklife, but travelling in the Prestwich or city centre areas, are encouraged to plan their journeys and, where possible, to travel at quieter times (in the morning or between 4pm and 8pm) or consider rerouting.  
  
Other big events happening over the weekend include the Eagles and Pet Shop Boys at Co-op Live, while comedian Romesh Ranganathan is performing at the AO Arena.  

The final stage of the Women’s Tour of Britain also takes place across Greater Manchester on Sunday. People travelling to the event from outside Greater Manchester, should check our Women's Tour of Britain information before travelling to avoid localised delays.  

Danny Vaughan, Chief Network Officer at TfGM, said: “Parklife 2024 is sure to be another fantastic weekend for music fans and we want to make sure everyone gets to and from the festival as easily and safely as possible.  

“I would encourage people to download the Bee Network app and pre-purchase an exclusive Parklife travel ticket to ensure they are ready for the event. 
 
“It will be a really busy day on the transport network, so whether you’re going to Parklife or heading off elsewhere remember to plan ahead, allow yourself plenty of time and check for travel updates on the Bee Network app.”  
  
Further information and advice can be found on our dedicated webpage. 

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