Find out what measures are in place across the county to help maintain social distancing and encourage more active travel

Complaints about lack of social distancing

We are working with district councils to support businesses and make sure they adhere to social distancing guidance, however if you have any concerns, please contact your district council initially.

Working with our partners in district and borough councils, the police and the national parks, we’ve put measures in place to help businesses open safely, enable residents to maintain social distancing while shopping and encourage more active travel like cycling and walking.

As well as signs on streets reminding people to stay two metres apart, this also means putting barriers and cones on roads to widen the footpaths and the temporary closure of some roads and parking bays to leave enough space for people to practice social distancing. 

If you have any suggestions for further social distancing or active travel measures please contact us.

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Active travel fund

Four schemes to improve facilities for cyclists and pedestrians will go ahead following our acceptance of more than £1m in funding from the Department for Transport’s Active Travel Fund.

We  bid for the funding in the summer (pdf / 445 KB), after assessing 300 schemes across the county, including some received from the public, interest groups and county councillors.

The next step will be to undertake consultation on all four of these schemes with local residents and other stakeholders early in 2021. Afterwards, a decision will be made on which of these schemes can be taken forward within the available budget and timescales.

A programme of consultation is a condition of the Department for Transport funding and must be undertaken before any scheme can be built. This consultation will take place over the coming months. Read the  active travel fund consultation plan (pptx / 162 KB).


Belle Vue Street Some parking bays suspended
Murray Street Parking bays suspended - disabled parking bays open

Great Ayton

High Street Some parking bays suspended near The Co-op


Albert Street

Parking bays suspended

Commercial Street Some parking bays suspended

James Street

Parking bays suspended

Montpellier Hill Some parking bays suspended
The Ginnel Road closed between 5pm and 11pm Wednesday to Saturday and 1pm to 11pm on Sundays.


High Street

Barriers in place to widen sections of footpath

Market Place

Road closed on Market Day (6am to 5pm Wednesday) only.
Castlegate, from Brymore ice Cream to Market Tavern

Road closed on Market Day (6am to 5pm Wednesday) only.


Gordale Lane

Road closed

Northallerton - Wednesdays only

High Street

Road closed on market days from Friarage Street roundabout to Romanby Road.

Additional road closure on Thursday 3 and Thursday 24 December from 5:30am to 7pm for extra market days.


Market place

Temporary taxi rank in place


St Nicholas Street Some parking bays suspended
Pedestrian precinct Hours during which cars are not allowed extended to 10am to 5pm


Finkle Street

New road layout and partial closure around Micklegate


Some parking bays suspended

New Lane

Partial road closure


Low Street

Some parking bays suspended


High Street

Closed between 10am and 4pm every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for market


Bridge Street

Some parking bays suspended

High Street

Some parking bays suspended

Kirkgate (A659)

Some parking bays suspended

Barriers in place to widen sections of footpath



Raithwaite Chipping Dump (between Sandsend and Whitby Barrier) closed

Pier Road

Weekdays - closed from 10:30am to 6:00pm.

Weekends - closed from 10.30am until safe to reopen to allow for pedestrians queuing 

St Ann's Staith and Khyber Pass Weekdays - closed from 10:30am to 6:00pm.
New Quay Road, Whitby Swing Bridge and Lower Church Street (from junction with Green Lane) Closed weekends and Bank Holidays however we will try to accommodate essential access when safe to do so. It is expected that the roads will be closed between 10:30am and 6pm.