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Following a steep rise in cases across the region, the whole of the North East has been named as an area that will receive additional support. You can read the latest statement from LA7 leaders. There are no additional restrictions on the area or residents but with cases of Covid higher than ever before everyone is asked to continue to act carefully and responsibly. Further information will be provided as it becomes available. See Covid-19 advice and information for advice on how to stay safe. Thank you for playing your part in helping to keep the North East open and protect others.

Free parking after 2.00pm in Durham County Council on street and off street car parks across the county from 1 April 2021 - no ticket needed.
Offer excludes car parks at Hardwick Park in Sedgefield, Wharton Park Durham, or Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street (consisting of South Ropery Lane, North Ropery Lane and the Donald Owen Clark car parks).

Bus lanes, bus gates and bus-only streets


A bus lane, bus gate or bus-only street is a section of road that is reserved for buses to use.

Other vehicles may be able to use it, and signs are located at the beginning of each bus lane, bus gate or bus-only street showing what can use it. Only the vehicles shown on the signs may use it during the hours indicated on the sign. 

If you drive in a bus lane, bus gate or bus only street when you are not allowed you may receive a fine which is called a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN).

To enable us to monitor bus lane use we now have a portable camera which will record all vehicles using a bus lane, and allow us to identify those vehicles that are using it illegally. 

What happens if you need to drive across a bus lane to get to a house

You can cross a bus lane to access a driveway to a house, as long as the house has access for a vehicle. You must:

  • not wait in the bus lane
  • make the turn as close as possible to the access point
  • not drive along the bus lane

Bus lane and bus gate locations

  • Durham, Milburngate: northbound approach to Milburngate roundabout
  • Durham, North Road 
  • Durham, Quarryheads Lane
  • A167, Croxdale: southbound approach to Croxdale roundabout
  • A167, Durham: southbound approach to Sniperley roundabout
  • A167, Durham: southbound approach to Pity Me roundabout
  • A181, Durham: westbound approach to Gilesgate roundabout  
  • A690, Durham: westbound approach to Gilesgate roundabout
  • A690, Durham: eastbound approach to Stonebridge roundabout
  • B6288, Croxdale: north-westbound approach to Croxdale roundabout
  • B6532, Durham: southbound approach to County Hall roundabout
  • C12, Durham: southbound approach to Aykley Heads roundabout
  • C184, Chester-le-Street: southbound approach to Northlands roundabout
Contact us
Parking Services
03000 263 985
Our address is:
  • PO Box 568
  • Durham
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH1 9GP
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