Work on swing bridge to begin

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A BID is under way to get Whitby’s Swing Bridge listed as major work begins on Monday to widen its footpaths.

The work, will see the footpaths widened and modifications made to the structure.

The operation will begin on Monday and is expected to last approximately two weeks.

The bridge will be closed to vehicles while the work is carried out, with diversion routes being signposted.

Pedestrian access will be maintained, except when a total closure is unavoidable.

As currently scheduled, the bridge will be closed to all traffic and pedestrians on Monday.

Instead, a free bus service will be provided by North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council to take people from one side of the river to the other, via the new bridge on the A171.

At a Whitby Town Council policy and development committee meeting last month, councillors also discussed a bid to get the swing bridge listed.

They have contacted English Heritage and are in the process of completing an online registration form.

Coun Sue Boyce told fellow councillors they don’t want a situation where they can’t repair it because of its protected status, but she added the swing bridge is part of the attraction of Whitby in the way it operates.

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