In a joint action between ourselves and Durham Constabulary, the trial of overnight, weekend closures of Claypath in Durham City will be revised from 30 October 2015.
Following numerous complaints from the public and local businesses about traffic congestion and vehicles obstructing the highway, the joint initiative will continue to see a section of Claypath closed between 9.00pm and 4.00am on Fridays and Saturdays. During these times, all vehicles will be stopped from entering with the exception of scheduled bus services and permit holders who live or work within the closure area.
This area extends from the start of the slip road from Milburngate Bridge (A690), up Claypath to the junction with Providence Row. It will also extend to the bottom of Claypath to the entrance of The Market Place, as illustrated in the map below:
Claypath Experimental 2015 Access Restrictions (PDF, 152kb)
If you live or work in the closure area you can apply for a permit at the Durham City Customer Access Point in Millennium Place. All you need is proof of address to show that you live, work or own a business in the affected area.
Drivers without permits who attempt to ignore the closure will be prosecuted and may receive penalty points on their license.
An experimental traffic regulation order (Claypath Durham City Prohibition of Motor Vehicles Experimental Order 2014 - update) has been introduced which gives the police and council the power to monitor the effects of the closure for up to 18 months before deciding whether it should be implemented permanently. If you want to comment on the arrangements, contact details are included in the order.