Riding out town traffic troubles

A RAFT of parking measures and restrictions are being introduced across Whitby town centre.

Although they are separate to the controversial park and ride scheme, they have been drawn up by North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC)to complement the £3.7 million project.

It has been given the go-ahead but is not likely to be implemented until next year.

There are 13 different sets of proposals but the main change will see East Terrace in front of the Royal and a section of North Terrace on the promenade made one way and Crescent Place near Kirby’s be reverted to two way traffic.

Double yellow lines will be implemented on the narrowest sections of Green Lane to keep traffic flowing and opposite St Hilda’s Business Centre on The Ropery.

They will also be put on the junctions of St Mary’s Crescent and Captain Cook Crescent.

A similar approach to the junctions will be made on the West Cliff around Royal Crescent, Crescent Avenue, John Street, Hudson Street, Belle Vue terrace and Esplanade as well as North and East Terrace with a bus stop being removed near Langdale Terrace.

A loading bay is set to be introduced outside West Cliff Congregational Church on Skinner Street while other parts of the road including The Paddock nearby will ban waiting at any time.

Other sections will be altered to allow for an hour’s parking, increased from 40 minutes.

One hour parking rather than 40 minutes is also going to be brought in at St Hilda’s Terrace, Flowergate, Brunswick Street and Church Street.

Further down Church Street, a bus stop will be moved from Abraham’s Quay to the Parkol entrance with some sections of double yellow lines being introduced.

Double yellow lines will come into force on Prospect Hill between the Mayfield Road lights and Meadowfields junction as well as on sections of Meadowfields, Meadowfields Court and Pannett Way.

They will also be implemented on Spring Vale, the corners of streets which feed off Upgang Lane and around Lyndhurst Close.

It is also hoped that parking problems around the hospital and the police station can be alleviated by removing some of the double yellow lines and replacing them with designated one hour parking bays.

The measures were suggested by local residents during consultation for the park and ride back in 2010.

NYCC Coun Joe Plant said: “It has all come out of the consultation that we had for the park and ride.

“We are putting the measures forward now and hopefully we can get these implemented before the park and ride and they will go together in the end.

“It is what the people wanted and I am happy to go along with what people suggested.

“The biggest thing for us is to make easier what people asked for but not take away any parking.

“Obviously that is at a premium and that is the last thing we want to do.”