Balmoral Show, Lisburn - transport plans in place

Balmoral Show at the Maze Changed times: this year's Balmoral Show has moved to the site of the old prison at the Maze, outside Lisburn, County Antrim

Visitors to this year's Balmoral Show, which is being held for the first time at its new home in the Maze, Lisburn, have been urged to use free public transport.

There are free shuttle buses for the show days from 15 to 17 May between 08:30 BST and 21:00.

They will run every 10 minutes in peak time from Lisburn train station and every 20 to 30 minutes off peak.

Special Goldline coach day inclusive packages are also on offer.

These will run from Londonderry, Enniskillen, Omagh, Strabane, Dungannon, Cookstown and Magherafelt. The journey and ticket to the show can be bought as a package online.

Three of the morning trains coming from the north-west will run to Lisburn so that passengers will not need to change trains in Belfast. These include the 07:13 departure from Derry and the 07:05 and 09:05 departures from Portrush.

Translink has urged passengers to allow at least one hour transfer time when returning from the show to make onward bus and train connections.

Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) chief executive Colin McDonald said: "With enormous interest in the show this year at its new home, Balmoral Park, we would encourage as many visitors as possible to avail of public transport and our complementary shuttle service from Lisburn train station to the show to ease congestion."

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"Bus passengers who purchase early bird tickets for the Balmoral Show website will be able to enjoy priority entrances at the event."

Free car parking will be available at the show's old site at the King's Hall complex. Visitors who use this option can take the train from Balmoral Halt to Lisburn train station and use the onward shuttle service to Balmoral Park.

There is parking at Balmoral Park itself. It will cost £5 per day and £10 per day for a coach. There is also an overflow car park that means people will have slightly farther to walk.

Ciaran Rogan from Translink said: "We also have a range of discount travel tickets available including a third-off day return train tickets or selected Goldline coach services after 09:30 BST and we would remind Senior Smartpass holders to take advantage of their free travel.

"We would also encourage customers to pre-book their show ticket.

"We are working closely with RUAS and the PSNI to deliver these travel plans for the new venue and would ask visitors to plan ahead for a hassle-free journey to this year's Balmoral Show," he said.

The Balmoral Show website contains details of how to get to the show by car or by public transport.

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