Car chaos expected with 169 roadworks

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RESURFACING of one of the main routes into Whitby is going to have an adverse impact on businesses warns the boss of one of the town’s favourite chippies.

The Highways Department at North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC) started work yesterday to resurface a stretch of more than a kilometre of the A169 near Fylingdales.

Works are expected to last until Good Friday and Carol Fusco from Royal Fisheries on Baxtergate said it will clash with holiday traffic and have an impact on tourists coming to Whitby over the next couple of weeks.

She told the Gazette: “There must be plenty of other areas where they could have done work and saved the coastal areas who are totally reliant on tourists.

“You know what people are like, they don’t want to sit in cars and queue – they will move and go somewhere else.

“Whitby has had a long, hard winter, even worse than many because the road has been cut off.

“With Easter being late we have had many months with not a lot happening.

“People don’t realise how much everyone in Whitby is affected by the success of tourism and the A169.”

NYCC say there will be a width restriction on the stretch with HGVs coming to Whitby being diverted along the A170 to Scarborough and then travelling north to Whitby along the A171 coastal road and back along the same route.

A spokesperson added: “The width restriction on the A169 will not affect light vehicles and normal holiday traffic.

“Resurfacing of this length of the A169 is urgently needed but was scheduled to take place towards the end of the winter resurfacing programme and during a period of better weather on the North Yorkshire Moors in order to minimise the chance of any delays.”

Meanwhile the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is offering free parking for steam train passengers in the Pickering car parks while the road works are on.

Philip Benham, general manager, said: “We understand that the road will remain open, at least for private cars, but the risk of delays must remain, and there is nothing worse than being stuck in traffic especially with young children.

“We hope this initiative will encourage people to get out of their cars and enjoy a train ride through the incomparable North York Moors scenery and may be on to the coast at Whitby.”