The Ashes Arrive In County Durham
9 August 2013, 06:00
Durham County Cricket Club's playing host to the prestigious cricket tournament at their Chester-Le-Street ground.
Thousands of cricket fans are expected to watch England take on the Australians in the fourth Test Match of this year's Ashes series.
The clash at the Emirates Durham ICG starts at 11am, with England 2-0 up following the drawn Third Test at Old Trafford - which finished on Monday.
Information For Drivers
A number of traffic management measures will be in place mainly on the A167, the principal route for incoming match traffic.
There will be numerous signs directing drivers which lanes to take from the Blind Lane interchange where the A167 meets the A1(M), with arrangements being put in place.
Police are also reminding motorists that ongoing major roadworks on the A1 in the Northumbria Police area, near the Angel of the North may affect traffic heading into or out of County Durham.
Closer to the stadium at the Riverside a dedicated drop-off point for cars, mini-buses and taxis will be situated in the existing hard-standing car park on the north east side of the A167.
A drop-off point for coaches will operate in a coned area of the nearside lane of the dual carriageway leading from the ground to the B1284 road. And a park and ride service is being implemented as an alternative to spectators having to use their own cars.
This will operate from the former garden centre site at Lambton Estates which can hold up to 1,000 vehicles, the buses setting off to the ground along the A183 Bournmoor and the A1052 towards the ground.
Durham CCC Chief Executive David Harker said
"Hosting the Investec Ashes Test match at Emirates Durham is great reward for the hard work and effort put in by the staff and players to put Durham County Cricket Club at the forefront of cricket, on and off the pitch.
We are really looking forward to what will be five days of exciting cricket at a sell-out Emirates Durham ICG. This is a great opportunity for the north east to be showcased on the international stage, not only demonstrating our ability to hold world class events but also boosting tourism and our local economy.
We look forward to giving visitors the warm and friendly welcome associated with our region."