People attending the Durham Miners’ Gala on Saturday are being urged to keep city centre roads clear – or risk having their cars towed away.
A number of streets will be closed to traffic for much of the day as tens of thousands of people descend on the city for the annual Big Meeting.
No vehicles – including cycles – will be allowed on the following routes between 6.30am and 8pm: Framwellgate 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 plus Pelaw Leazes to Baths Bridge.
In addition, Church Street, Hallgarth Street and Whinney Hill will also be closed to vehicles, but some residential-access only will be maintained when possible.
North Road, Flass Street and Sutton Street will also be closed between 8am and 10am, and again between 3pm and 8pm.
Police say that due to safety reasons, road closures have been extended to include Claypath (between Prince Bishops Car Park and Providence Row) between 9am and 1pm this year.
Parking will also be banned from 6pm on Friday in New Elvet, Old Elvet, Prison Green and Green Lane.
These roads need to be kept clear of vehicles until 8pm on the Saturday.
Any vehicles remaining in the Elvet area after 6pm on Friday may be removed by the police, with owners facing a recovery fee plus any storage charges to get their vehicles back.
Charges vary according to a number of factors including the type of vehicle.
For more information, visit www.durham.police.uk