Pride Day this Saturday 7th August - busy

 Pride Celebrations - 7 August 2010
Brighton & Hove will be celebrating in style on Saturday 7 August as the annual Pride Parade takes to the streets.

Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are issuing an advance warning of possible traffic delays on Saturday during the parade.

The parade forms up in Madeira Drive, Brighton and leaves at 11am following the route below:

Madeira Drive, across the southern section of Aquarium Roundabout into Grand Junction Road, Kings Road, West Street, Clock Tower, North Street, Castle Square, Old Steine (northbound leg), Pavilion Parade, Marlborough Place, Gloucester Place, St. George’s Place, York Place, London Road, Preston Circus, Preston Road and entering the southern end of Preston Park at Stanford Avenue.

The front of the parade is anticipated to reach the park by 12.30pm with the rear arriving at approximately 1.30pm.

During the parade, the route and its side road junctions will be closed to traffic.

For the majority of the route the side roads and the route itself will be reopened to normal traffic as soon as the parade passes. However, there are some traffic measures that will continue through the afternoon until the event at Preston Park concludes at around 8.30pm. These include:

Northbound traffic leaving the Old Steine area of the city will be diverted along the A270 Lewes Road to join the A27 Brighton Bypass via. Coldean Lane and Old Boat Corner interchange. The section of the A23 London Road / Preston Road between St. Peters Church (A23 / A270 split) and Preston Village will be closed to general traffic from prior to the parade to approximately 8.30pm.
Southbound traffic coming into the city using the A23 will be diverted at Preston Village either via Preston Drove to Fiveways and into the city using Ditchling Road or via South Road to Dyke Road for access to the City Centre and Hove. An additional southbound diversion will be in place at the London Road / Carden Avenue junction to direct traffic via Carden Avenue, Coldean Lane and into the city via A270 Lewes Road. This will be used if the diversion at Preston Village backs up.
Eastbound Traffic emanating from Seven Dials and Old Shoreham Road heading for Preston Circus will be diverted onto Dyke Road (northwards) to the A27 Brighton Bypass.
In addition, St James’s Street between Old Steine and New Steine and some sections of the side roads off St James’s Street will be closed on Saturday 7 August from 6pm through to approximately 3am on Sunday morning. The road will again be closed at 2pm on Sunday 8 August through to 10pm.

The city's bus services will also be affected - details are available at: http://history.buses.co.uk/bustimes/pride2010.htm

For more information on the Pride event, please go to www.brightonpride.org