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The cricket season might be nearly over for 2023, but it’s not time to pack away the stumps just yet, International Cricket is back at the Riverside! England’s men host New Zealand for a T20 on Wednesday 30th August and England’s women v Sri Lanka for a One Day game on Saturday 9th September, it’s exciting stuff but with large crowds expected what’s the best way to travel to the Riverside (for both you and the planet)?
If you didn’t already know DTP HQ is based at the Riverside and we deal with all things transport so we’re quite well placed to help you decide which route you’ll take to the Riverside.
Firstly, if you live in Chester-le-Street (and are able) active travel is definitely your best bet, much of the town is accessible within a 25-minute walking journey of the ground where walking, wheeling or cycling will allow you to beat the traffic on the local highway. Pedestrian infrastructure within the vicinity of the ground makes active travel and easy and safer, with wide shared use footways, a handy pedestrian underpass under the B1284 Ropery Lane and various pedestrian crossing points along the A167.
Live slightly further afield but still don’t want to fight through the traffic? Why not try the train? Even from local stations such as Durham and Newcastle parking and riding may be cheaper than event parking and easier than dealing with heavy traffic before and after the match. Chester-le-Street station is only a 20-minute walk from the ground, the most direct route is shown and the map below, which is again aided by the pedestrian infrastructure described above.
A service from Liverpool Lime Street to Newcastle (via York) calls at Chester-le-Street station every two hours, alternatively, an hourly train from Edinburgh to London calls hourly at Durham railway station (via Darlington, Doncaster, and Peterborough to name a few), where bus services are available from Durham to the Riverside (see below).
Two handy bus stops are located along the B1284 Ropery Lane, roughly a 2-minute walk from the ground, where the 71 Chester-le-Street to Seaham service calls every hour and the 78 Sunderland to Consett service every 30-minutes.
Heading to England vs New Zealand? Not the best with directions or not able to walk from Chester-le-Street station? There is another option for train users, GoNorthEast are operating a shuttle bus service (the 500 route) from Durham Railway Station, the service will operate up to every 10 minutes from 15:30 – 17:50.
GoNorthEast are also running a Park and Ride service from Rainton Meadows Arena (postcode: DH4 5PH, the approximate route and bus stop location is on the map below). Park and Riding the last part of your journey reduces the number of vehicles on the roads surrounding the ground making your journey quicker, but it also takes the stress out of your trip letting you sit back, relax and get excited for the game ahead. The 501 service will operate from Rainton Meadows Arena from around 15:30 – 18:00.
Source: GoNorthEast 2023
GoNorthEast also provide other services to get you to Chester-le-Street Town Centre from local areas such as Newcastle, Gateshead, Sunderland, Consett, West Auckland and Bishop Auckland, visit the GoNorthEast website (https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/t20cricket) to find a route to suit you.
There are plenty of ways to get to the Riverside Stadium, so leave the car at home, it’s not only good for your stress levels but it’s good for your health, the environment and it means you’ll be on the way home much quicker!