New parking spaces to be created for mine workers at park and ride site

The Woodsmith mine near Whitby. Picture by Ceri Oakes.
The Woodsmith mine near Whitby. Picture by Ceri Oakes.

Work to create 185 new spaces at Whitby's park and ride site for workers at the Woodsmith mine will begin on Monday.

The spaces are designed to keep traffic disruption to a minimum - one of the conditions set out when the mine was granted planning approval. Workers will leave their vehicles at the parking site before being taken by bus to the nearby mine, based close to Sneaton.

Public capacity at the 450-space park and ride site will not change and during the work there should be no impact on parking at the site or on the bus service.

The work will be carried out by a contractor for Sirius and will be supervised by North Yorkshire County Council. Work will run from Monday, until Friday,May 25, then take a one-week break to accommodate the May half-term holiday, before restarting on Monday, June 4, running until mid-July.

County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “The park and ride will remain operational as normal during the construction and we will do all we can to ensure there is no impact on members of the public parking at the site and using the bus service. Construction will be completed as quickly as possible and the contractor is fully aware of the need to be complete on site before the start of the main school holidays in summer.”

Delivery of materials will be made via Barker Lane, so there will be brief periods when traffic management will be in place to manage deliveries, but the lane will remain open at all times.

Gareth Edmunds, external affairs director at Sirius Minerals, said: “Construction of the mine is progressing well but we are committed to ensuring that the impact on the local area is kept to a minimum. We look forward to the completion of the park and ride, which will divert traffic away from the local road network.”