Doncaster town centre is open but we ask that you follow the latest social distancing and public safety guidance.
Various changes have been brought into place in Doncaster Town Centre and our other towns to help people stay safe.
Lots of signage has gone up to highlight important safety messages like social distancing and we are asking people to use the left hand side of the busy streets and the main parts of the town centre to help people move around safely.
We did make the core part of the town centre pedestrian friendly to help with the social distancing but since August things have returned to normal in terms of traffic restrictions.
The only change people may not be familiar with is that Silver Street is one way from the High Street towards Sunny Bar and closed in the evening to support the night time economy. This was part of the Quality Streets regeneration scheme.
It is very important that people continue to follow the latest guidance on social distancing and other public safety measures. The latest information can be found at social distancing and public safety advice
We are supporting our business community with the guidance and keeping residents informed through our social media channels.
Please read the FAQs for more information and scroll down to see the new pedestrian zone.
Frequently asked questions
Is the town centre open?
What are you doing to keep people safe?
Businesses will be implementing their own arrangements for protecting their staff and customers.
How will the ‘keep left’ pedestrian routes work?
The routes will be similar to what supermarkets have introduced to help people move around keeping a safe distance from other people.
How do you plan to pedestrianise the town centre and when will this happen?
The extended pedestrian zone has now been removed and traffic flows are back to how they were before the pandemic.
Are the car parks open?
The council has increased cleansing at its car parks, but users are encouraged to make card payments if they can and observe social distancing when parking up and paying.
The locations of car parks can be found at: Car parking in Doncaster
What about blue badge holders?
What is the latest on public transport?
More information on public transport can be found at: www.travelsouthyorkshire.com
Can you cycle into the town centre?
The map below shows where you can park your bike:
- Cycle parking locations map
- Download (847KB - DOCX)
What are you doing to encourage active travel?
As part of a bid to encourage active travel, we are currently looking at opportunities for pop up cycle lanes that could be deployed quickly but safely. This would be complementary to the three cycle lanes that have recently been completed at Thorne Moorends, Auckley and Bennetthorpe. The future will see a significant expansion of active travel infrastructure through the £35m successful Transforming Cites Fund Programme, which is heavily populated with active travel schemes across the borough over the next three years.
Are you keeping the town centre clean and tidy?
Are toilets open?
Will businesses be complying with the latest Government guidance?
The council’s enforcement and trading standards teams are also working closely with businesses during the COVID-19 emergency by providing them with help, guidance and support and ensuring they are complying with latest Government rules.
Where can I find out more business related information?
What about the markets?
For more information and latest updates, please follow the markets on Facebook:
Doncaster Wool Market
What is happening in Bawtry, Conisbrough, Mexborough, Tickhill and Thorne?
I want to go into Doncaster town centre for a meal or drink, is there anything I need to know?
It’s really important that you enjoy Doncaster town centre safely.
If you are thinking of coming into town for something to eat or drink please consider the following:
- How will you get there and back?
- If you plan to use a taxi, you may need to book one and find out about the safety arrangements they have in place, particularly if you are looking to share one.
- You may want to consider booking a taxi for both legs of the journey (in and out of town) to ensure you don’t have a lengthy wait at the end of your night.
- If you are using public transport please check timetables and safety requirements in advance.
- If you plan to drive, look at the pedestrian zone map so you know where to park up.
- You may need to pre-book to get into some of the bars and restaurants and some popular ones might be fully booked already (you may want to check before you turn up).
- Remember to take a face covering with you as you may need it.
- Take your bank card for contactless payments (some places may not accept cash)
- Download any venue apps you may need for ordering food and drinks before you go in case they don’t have wifi.
- Social distancing is still in place.
If you think about these things in advance you will have a lovely time.
Please make sure you are aware of the latest government guidance.