Park and ride scheme expands

Whitby Park and Ride.Picture Richard Ponter 142327
Whitby Park and Ride.Picture Richard Ponter 142327

The latest phase of Whitby’s park and ride scheme is set to open this weekend, in time for the school summer holidays.

This weekend the overspill car park will open on the A171 Guisborough Road site, almost doubling the capacity of the site.

The scheme opened for business on Good Friday and County Councillor Joe Plant said: “This service has proved to be immensely popular and has been very well used.”

Cllr Plant explained how the scheme was intended to alleviate traffic congestion in the centre of town, utilising a frequent bus service.

There will now be capacity for up to 450 cars on the site and Cllr Plant added: “These new parking places will improve the facility even further. I am extremely pleased to be able to say that it will open well in time for the school summer holiday.”

The park and ride scheme is the main part of a package of improvements provided by North Yorkshire County Council, funded from a successful Government bid.

The package includes the park and ride site and bus service and a bus service into the Esk Valley.

There has also been introduced to the town parking management measures to encourage people to use the park and ride scheme and pay and display parking on Whitby West Cliff and at Sandsend, which the county council says will help improve traffic flows in the town.

The completion of the new building at the Park and Ride site has been delayed due to the unavailability of specialist glass to the front of the building.

Until it is fully open, the county council will provide temporary toilet facilities on the site.