Letter: Gridlock bad for Whitby's economy

Tailbacks caused by the Mayfield junction roadworks
picture: Scott Wicking
Tailbacks caused by the Mayfield junction roadworks picture: Scott Wicking

When, when, when, is something going to be done about the incessant traffic congestion and gridlocking on the roads in Whitby?

I, as a resident of Grape Lane, in Whitby, feel like a prisoner in my own town, as it can sometimes take up to an hour to get out of town.

Today traffic was queuing all the way from Mayfield Road traffic lights, down into town past the railway station, and then on past the Co-op, a constant line of traffic.

The traffic across the new bridge is so bad that vehicles of every type are coming down Church Street, causing gridlocks there, particularly when the Swing Bridge is open.

Visitors to Whitby who get stuck in all this will surely think twice before returning to the town, which could be bad news for the town’s economy.

When you go through the road works at Mayfield Road traffic lights there doesn’t seem to be much work being done.

Why has this work, mainly for the benefit of the new potash mine, taken so long, and why did it have to be done in the holiday period?

Any comments from those responsible for this chaos would be appreciated.

Keith Blessed

Grape Lane

Whitby