Whitby’s Park and Ride Scheme is on track for Easter 2014

Whitby’s long-awaited Park and Ride Scheme – aimed at easing traffic congestion and providing a major boost to the town’s economy - is on track to open as planned before the start of the 2014 holiday season.

The county council, which is responsible for a £4.2m package of traffic management measures for the town, is nearing completion on the design work for the new roundabout junction on the A171.

The contract for the Park and Ride site itself is expected to be awarded very soon, according to a county council spokesman and although an exact date for the start of the work has yet to be determined, it will be later this year – once Whitby’s main holiday season is over.

The roundabout and the Park and Ride site will together account for £3.3 million of the expenditure.

The process of commissioning the Park and Ride bus services, both into the town and for the Esk Valley hopper services, is also well underway. The tender for these services will be advertised in August and the service commissioned by January 2014, ready to start promptly next Easter.

“Inevitably building a new roundabout on a main road will cause some disruption to traffic,” said County Councillor Gareth Dadd, executive member for Highways.

“To minimise this we have decided to build the roundabout after the main holiday season ends with work starting on site in either September or October this year.

“This still gives us plenty of time to get the roundabout and park and ride site built in time for Easter 2014.”

The scheme will necessitate the introduction of new parking management measures and on-street parking charges in Whitby and Sandsend.

Consultation on the new parking proposals was carried out in June 2010 and the proposals were approved in principle by the Yorkshire Coast and Moors County Area Committee last October.

Further consultation is due to take place in August to look at specific comments raised by people about the fine detail of the parking measures and consider any unresolved objections.

The results considered by a special meeting of the Area Committee in September.