Park and ride to help people get to Herefordshire Diamond Day

With up to 20,000 people expected at Herefordshire Diamond Day organisers are working on detailed plans to ensure everyone can get to the King George V playing fields as easily as possible.

As with any major event in Hereford, traffic is likely to build up and could cause tailbacks around the city centre.

Motorists are being advised that parking on the playing fields and the two adjacent public car parks will not be possible on the day except for authorised vehicles.

Mike Smart, from the event organising committee, said: “We’re working very closely with the police, the council and local bus companies to make it as safe and easy as possible for thousands of people to get onto the King George V Playing Field.”

He emphasised that the best way to get to the event was to walk if possible. “We’re strongly advising those people who live within walking distance of the event to come on foot. It will be quicker, healthier and with thousands of people heading for the event, there should be a great atmosphere to soak up on the way.”

He also suggested that using normal public transport would be a good way of getting into Hereford without having to worry about parking.

For those arriving by car from further afield across the county, Mike suggested they could consider teaming up with friends, family members and neighbours to car share to reduce the amount of traffic in the city centre.

“We are arranging extra car parking for the day which will be in addition to the normal car parks other than St Martin’s and Wye Street Car Park. Herefordshire Council is working with us to ensure extra parking is available within walking distance of the site.

“The council is also arranging Park and Ride services from sites in Rotherwas and from the car park at Hereford racecourse. The Park and Ride arrangements will be free to users,” said Mike.

Buses from the Park and Ride sites will bring visitors either into the city centre (from the north) or directly to the playing field (from the south).

“Full details and timetables are being finalised and will be available well before the event. Asda has also very kindly made the car park at the side of its store available for dropping off visitors who can then walk through the underpass under the A49 to bring them to the playing field area,” he added.

For drivers with a disability who have a valid Blue Badge, parking will be available at Wye Street car park.

Powered scooters and wheelchairs will also be available for hire. They can be pre-booked from the event mobility company via or by ringing 01386 725391.
There will also be a limited number of disabled parking spaces available on the playing field itself.

For all those intending to come to Hereford on July 11, Mike added that they need to allow extra time for the journey on the day.

“An early start is my best advice,” he said. “If you’ve got an alternative route to work or to the shops which avoids the city centre, please use it to avoid adding to the congestion”.