THE council have urged people to plan their travel in advance as thousands prepare to visit the city for the return of Pride.

Following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, huge numbers of people are expected to flock to the city on the first weekend of August for Brighton and Hove Pride.

The festivities are set to bring significant travel disruption, with Brighton and Hove City Council encouraging residents to travel on foot or by bike if they are able.

Councillor Steve Davis, who co-chairs the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “I’m so looking forward to seeing Pride back in full swing this year after such a long break.

“Our roads and car parks will be extremely busy for the whole weekend so I’d ask everyone who can to leave their cars at home and choose sustainable travel this year.

“We’re lucky to have excellent public transport in Brighton and Hove and most places are easily accessible both on foot or by bike.

“Along with our transport partners, we’re working extremely hard to make travelling around the city as easy as possible so that everyone can enjoy a safe and hassle-free Pride this summer.”

Which roads will be closed for Brighton Pride?

Several roads will be closed in the city centre on both Saturday, August 6 and Sunday, August 7 for the community parade, the festival in Preston Park and the Pride Village Party in Kemp Town.

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Roads will be closed and parking bays will be suspended along the length of the parade route on Saturday, with roads closed around the Pride Village Party over the weekend - including St James’s Street and Madeira Place.

There will also be road closures for the festival in Preston Park, including Preston Road between New England Road to Stanford Avenue and Stanford Avenue between Preston Road and Beaconsfield Road.

Can I get around by bus for Brighton Pride?

Brighton and Hove Buses will have a rainbow-hued “diversity bus” to shuttle festival-goers between the city centre and the party at Preston Park for Pride on Saturday. August 6.

Over the weekend, a shuttle service - routes 500 and 600, will operate to and from Preston Park from the Old Steine and the Waterhall Campsite.

Can I get to Brighton Pride by train?

People using the train to get to Pride celebrations should allow plenty of time for their journey, with services expected to be very busy.

Southern, Thameslink and Gatwick Express services will operate more trains and extra carriages to help visitors get to and from Brighton over Pride weekend, with passengers advised to get to Brighton station early.

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A rainbow queuing system will also be in place at Brighton station to direct passengers leaving the city into the appropriate queue for their train and destination.

Preston Park station, the closest to the festival, will be closed all weekend, with London Road station closed all day on Saturday.