Visitors to Wolverhampton on Wednesday 22 November are being urged to plan their journeys with a bumper crowd expected for events in the city centre.

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The Christmas festivities kick off at 5pm with a huge city centre lights switch-on and firework display in Queen Square.

Comedian Sean Lock is at the Civic Hall on his Keep It Light tour, with doors opening at 7pm, while Wolves FC also have a home fixture against Leeds at Molineux (ko 7.45pm).

The usual road closures for vehicles will be in place for the Christmas lights switch-on and firework display between 11am and 9pm:

  • Lichfield Street (closed in both directions between Princess Street and Queen Square)
  • Queen Square (closed entire length)
  • Darlington Street (closed in an eastern direction between Waterloo Road and Queen Square)
  • Red Lion Street/Paternoster Row/Mitre Fold/North Street/Corporation Street/Exchange Street/Cheapside/Lich Gates (closed entire length)
  • Dudley Street (closed between King Street and Queen Square)

In line with the Civic Hall's new security measures, and to facilitate the Christmas lights switch-on, Red Lion Street, Paternoster Row, Mitre Fold, North Street and Corporation Street will be closed from 11am to 11.30pm.

Access in and out of the Civic Centre car park on this day will be via Wulfruna Street ONLY.

Due to the Blue Badge disabled bays being unavailable on Exchange Street and Cheapside, additional Blue Badge disabled bays will be provided in the Civic Centre car park on the night.

The city council is providing free car parking for all on the School Street car park and Market car park (accessed from Peel Street) from 2pm; and the Mander Centre car park is offering free parking from 4pm.

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Visitors to the city centre are also reminded to consider the road restrictions that have recently been put in place around Molineux Stadium on matchdays - particularly Waterloo Road.

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Visitors are also reminded to allow extra time to pass through additional security measures at the above city centre events.

Councillor John Reynolds, Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: "We have a fantastic city centre offer on Wednesday 22 November.

"We are expecting a bumper crowd in the city centre for the spectacular Christmas lights switch on and fireworks, plus fabulous entertainment at the Civic Hall and sporting action at top-of-the-table Wolves FC.

"To ensure visitors enjoy their evening to the full I would urge them to plan their journeys well in advance and take note of all the alternative car parks available in the city centre."

  • released: Thursday 16 November, 2017