Whitby’s Swing Bridge to close for two days

2nd Nov 2015'Whitby Profile'Pictured the swing bridge in the harbour at Whitby'Picture by Gerard Binks
2nd Nov 2015'Whitby Profile'Pictured the swing bridge in the harbour at Whitby'Picture by Gerard Binks
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Whitby Swing Bridge will be closed to all pedestrians and vehicles from Monday at 6am until 6am on Wednesday in order to upgrade the control system.

The planned works are an essential upgrade of the control system panels, which bridge operators use to swing the bridge.

The upgrade is necessary so that the control system complies with current electrical standards. It is also part of the on-going maintenance North Yorkshire County Council is undertaking to protect the bridge’s longevity.

In order to carry out the work - decommission the control system panels and replace with new ones - the bridge operations will cease for the closure period. The bridge will remain in the open position to allow river traffic through until the work is complete.

“Whitby Swing Bridge is an historic, finely balanced, mechanical moving structure and its reliability has been significantly improved by the county council’s £400,000 upgrading programme in recent years,” said County Councillor Don Mackenzie, North Yorkshire’s Executive Member for Highways.

“The County Council therefore has to take every precaution to maintain its reliability and keep it in good working order for the town and its thriving tourist industry. We are very sorry for any inconvenience this closure will cause but we have programmed the works outside the peak holiday season when hopefully there will be minimum disruption.”

A signed diversion route for vehicles will be in place and the free bus service will run on Monday from 6am until midnight and then Tuesday from 6am until midnight.

The pick-up points will be from the bus station on the West side and drop off outside Mr Chips on the East side.

This will run in both directions and the service provider is Arriva.