Malton and Norton traffic scheme to resume after flooding

Norton Road

A one-way pilot scheme to monitor air quality and improve traffic flow in Malton and Norton is to resume after it was hampered by severe flooding during the winter months. 

Plans were drawn up to install traffic lights and new pedestrian crossings at the Church Street, Welham Road and Castlegate junction.

To deliver this, a one-way westbound system needs to be installed on Norton Road to reduce the amount of traffic approaching the level crossing and avoid creating extra congestion. 

In September last year, we started testing the impact of a one-way westbound system by introducing it on a trial basis for six months. 

However, the trial was suspended in mid-December when parts of Norton Road were flooded. Also, removing the measure alleviated traffic congestion when restrictions were in place on nearby roads due to flooding. 

The trial will resume on Monday, 29 April, and run until the start of August.

Corporate director of environment, Karl Battersby, said: “The one-way trial was running smoothly until severe flooding hit the county, with Malton and Norton two of the worst affected areas. 

“It’s important for us to restart the trial as soon as possible as we must gather a full six months of data to see the traffic and air quality impacts before deciding on whether to proceed with the full scheme. 

“Its aim is to improve safety for all road users, allowing motorists to manoeuvre from all approaches while providing pedestrians with safe crossing points.” 

The proposed scheme was shaped by a public consultation carried out in 2021, when residents were asked for their views.

Since the public consultation, the council has completed six months of data gathering for traffic flows and air quality. This information will be compared with the latest round of data. 

The public can share their comments on the one-way system by emailing