Drivers given gala warning

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MOTORISTS are being warned to keep the roads clear in Durham city during this year’s Miners Gala – or risk having their vehicles towed away.

This year’s Big Meet takes place on Saturday, July 14, and will mean numerous streets around the city will be closed to traffic.

Vehicles and pedal cycles will not be allowed access between 6.30am-8pm to the following routes: Framwelgate Bridge, Market Place, Saddler Street, Owengate, North and South Bailey Dun Cow Lane, Bow Lane, Silver Street, Elvet Bridge and New Elvet Bridge, Territorial Lane, Green Lane, Elvet Waterside, Court Lane, Elvet Crescent, Old Elvet, New Elvet, Church Street and Whinney Hill, plus Pelaw Leazes to Baths Bridge.

North Road, Flass Street and Sutton Street will also be closed between 8am-10am, and again between 3pm-8pm.

This year’s gala sees parking restrictions tightened as parking is banned from 6pm on Friday, July 13, in New Elvet, Old Elvet, Prison Green and Green Lane until 8pm on the Saturday.

The new measure was introduced after cars had to be towed away at last year’s meet.

Traffic, apart from buses, will also be barred from Hallgarth Street between its junction with Church Street and New Elvet and Stockton Road roundabout.

Any remaining vehicles in the prohibited areas after 6pm on Friday will be at risk of being removed by police under the contract vehicle recovery scheme.

Owners will be charged a recovery fee plus any storage charges before getting their vehicles back.

Chief Insp Colin Williamson, who is in charge of the policing operation for the gala, said: “The new measure affecting parking in the Elvet area was brought in after a number of cars had to be removed by recovery trucks on the morning of the event.

“There have been notices up in these streets warning drivers of the restriction.

“People coming to Durham for the day should also think of using the park and ride system, which operates from various lcoations on the outskirts of the city.”

Further information can be found in the Information and Advice pages on www.durham.police.uk