Disruption ahead as flood work continues

There is set to be disruption on the roads as work continues on an ambitious project to try to halt flooding in Runswick Bay.

Yorkshire Water is pumping £500,000 into a scheme to finally put a plug in the bay’s flood defence, which the firm hopes will “significantly” reduce the risk of sewers overflowing.

That work, which runs until next year, means the village is being dug up – meaning roads will be closed and bus timetables overhauled.

Runswick Bay Hotel and the Cliffemount Hotel would like to point out to customers that they are open for business as normal.

“We recognise that this project will result in some disruption and we are working with our local customers to try and minimise this,” said Yorkshire Water Project Manager Lee Laherty.

“We’d like to apologise for the extra driving the road closure will cause and for any delays to your journey.”

Hinderwell Lane will be closed until the end of January 2015, having closed on Monday, opening only for the two weeks over Christmas.

It’s being shut for specialist contractors Mott MacDonald Bentley, whose work laying a sewer in Bank Top Lane is now moving west as the work progresses.

This will have an impact on the number four Arriva bus service to Runswick Bay, with Ellerby Lane being the only way in and out of the village.

As such, a shuttle bus will be in operation while Hinderwell Lane is closed to help minimise the disruption.

Coastal and Country Coaches will take the current number four bus connection from Runswick Bay Hotel to Ellerby, 1.2 miles along Ellerby Lane, and back again as per the existing timetable.

A 24 seater coach will be used for this between 6am and 8.30pm every day bar Sunday, when the service starts at 9am.

In Ellerby Village the bus will pick up and drop off passengers near to the Ellerby Hotel. In Runswick Bay the bus will stop approximately 50m from the junction with Hinderwell Lane.

The team will break for Christmas on Friday December 19 until January 5, where the road will be open as normal for cars and the bus service.