Festival goers have been encouraged to make use of a dedicated Parklife travel ticket ahead of the event this weekend. 

Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) say revellers should make the most of public transport, including buses and trams, and plan ahead and leave plenty of time for their journeys. 

It has introduced a new Parklife travel ticket, available on the Bee Network app, which covers tram and shuttlebus travel from the city centre with one ticket.

Tickets are priced at £5.50 for Saturday or Sunday only and £11 for a weekend covering both days. 

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TfGM say that trams are 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 hugely popular festival, which takes place at Heaton Park each year, will see tens of thousands of music fans will descend on the site near Prestwich on Saturday and Sunday to catch top acts including Becky Hill, Disclosure and Doja Cat. 

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.” 

 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. 

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The Bee Network app and the website will provide up to date information before, and over the course of the weekend. 

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. 

Further information and advice can be found on our dedicated webpage.