Plan your route into the city on Herefordshire Diamond Day

With 20,000 people expected to descend on Hereford’s King George V playing fields for Herefordshire Diamond, organisers have made arrangements to allow people to get into the city.

Free park and ride from the north and south of city will be in operation from 7am until 5.30pm, and a number of “Park and Stride” car parks – where motorists can park for free and walk to the playing fields – will be in operation during the day.

“This is the biggest event in Herefordshire this year and, judging by the enthusiasm of the Olympic Torch passing through the county and the celebrations that took place over the Diamond Jubilee weekend, we expecting a bumper crowd for this event,” said Mike Smart, one of the organisers of Herefordshire Diamond Day.

“We’ve been working very closely with Herefordshire Council and the police to make sure no-one will be excluded, with disabled parking for those with Blue Badges at the nearby Wye Street car park and we’ve arranged for a company to provide power scooters for hire for the event,” he added.

The powered scooters and wheelchairs can be pre-booked from the event mobility company via www.eventmobility.org.uk or by ringing 01386 725391.

Those attending the event from the north of the city should head for Hereford Racecourse from where the northern park and ride will operate.

Cars can be parked for free and the journey into the city centre (drop off outside the Shirehall) is also free. Buses will be picking up every five minutes.

Those approaching Hereford from the south of the city should head for the Rotherwas industrial estate and follow the signs to Netherwood Link road, off Holme Lacy Road, where they will also be able to park and ride for free with buses leaving every five minutes.

For those who are prepared to walk a short distance to the event, two free “Park and Stride” car parks have been set up.

The first is on Plough Lane, off Whitecross Road – motorists should look out for signs – and the second is located at the Rugby Club and Rowing Club, off Barton Road, Broomy Hill, which will also be signposted.

“We all know how busy Hereford can get, so we hope people will take advantage of our Park and Ride and Park and Stride facilities on the day. However, an event of this nature is bound to have an effect on traffic in the city so despite all the work we can do to minimise traffic, we’d advise motorists to avoid the centre of Hereford if at all possible on Wednesday, July 11,” added Mike.

As Wye Street car park will be used by disabled drivers, it will not be available to the public. St Martin’s car park will also not be available on the day as it is being used for Emergency Service and other event vehicles. All other Car Parks will be operating as normal.