The daily trial closure of Whitby Swing Bridge to improve safety for residents and visitors is to be modified to weekend-only from 1 October 2021.

The trial was extended to daily closures mid-August with the intention for this to continue until the end of October to cover the busy tourist season. However, we have made the decision to amend this after feedback from the ongoing consultation.

Vehicles will be prohibited between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but the recent exemption for buses and vehicles responding to an emergency call will continue.

You can see a copy of the letter being sent to more than 800 properties closest to the swing bridge below. Everyone is encouraged to let us have their views whether or not they receive a letter.

It is essential that we receive feedback from residents, visitors and businesses in the area. All comments will be taken into account when the outcome of the trial is assessed.

Take part in the survey.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Trialling a traffic-free Whitby Swing Bridge

The current daily trial closure of Whitby Swing Bridge to improve safety for residents and visitors is to be modified to weekend-only from the start of October.

The trial was extended to daily closures mid-August with the intention for this to continue until the end of October to cover the busy tourist season. However, the County Council has made the decision to amend this after feedback from the ongoing consultation.

Vehicles will be prohibited between 10.30am and 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays, but the recent exemption for buses and vehicles responding to an emergency call will continue.

We encourage you to write to us with any comments you may wish to make.  This letter has been sent to all previous respondents, 800+ properties closest to the swing bridge, as well as to key stakeholders such as emergency services, bus and taxi operators and local organisations that could be affected. 

This consultation is open to all, anyone who wishes to make a comment is encouraged to do so.

Comments may be made by going to the dedicated page on our website and clicking on ‘Take part in the survey’ on the webpage. 

 

You may also send your comments in writing via email to; Area3.whitby@northyorks.gov.uk

or by post to;

North Yorkshire County Council,

Whitby Highways Office,

Discovery Way,

Whitby

YO22 4PZ

All replies will be reported to a future meeting of the Director of Business and Environmental Services with Executive Members, so that a decision can be taken on the outcome of the experiment.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Watson

Improvement Manager

Dear Sir/Madam,

Trialling a traffic-free Whitby Swing Bridge

Following on from my letter to you dated 26 November 2020 concerning the above.

The experimental scheme started on 1 April 2021 and currently involves closing the swing bridge to all traffic and cycles, on weekends and bank holidays only, between 10:30am to 4:00pm.  A pedestrian zone has been introduced for Grape Lane, and the previous seasonal ‘access only’ restriction for the St Ann’s Staith / Pier Road / Haggersgate / Khyber Pass route has been extended to year round.

I am writing to let you know that it has been decided to vary the experiment, by changing to daily closures for the swing bridge.  This will start on 20 August 2021 and continue until 31 October 2021, when we will revert to weekend and bank holiday only closures.

Other changes that will also be introduced from Friday 20 August are: 

  • local service buses and vehicles on their way to an emergency will be allowed over the swing bridge.  All other traffic and cycles will remain prohibited.
  • we will be marking out two taxi bays in the Tin Ghaut turning area, to assist Hackney Carriages who would otherwise have to return to the rank on New Quay Road after each fare
  • we will be introducing a further restriction (‘no waiting at any time’ and ‘no loading 10:30am -4:00pm’) on Grape Lane, to run alongside the ‘pedestrian zone’ restrictions for Grape Lane, which have the same effect to prohibit waiting and loading, but make enforcement easier

We are doing this so that residents, businesses and visitors, along with the local highways office, can fully gauge the effects of the experiment.

We encourage you to write to us with any comments you may wish to make.  This letter is being sent to 800+ properties closest to the swing bridge, as well as to key stakeholders such as emergency services, bus and taxi operators and local organisations that could be affected.  There will be publicity encouraging anyone who wishes to make a comment to do so.

Comments may be made by going to the dedicated page on our website and clicking on ‘Take part in the survey’ on the webpage. 

You may also send your comments in writing via email to Area3.whitby@northyorks.gov.uk.

Or by post to

North Yorkshire County Council,

Whitby Highways Office,

Discovery Way,

Whitby

YO22 4PZ

All replies will be reported to a future meeting of the Director of Business and Environmental Services with Executive Members, so that a decision can be taken on the outcome of the experiment. It is expected that a decision will be taken between 1 December 2021 and 28 February 2022.

Yours sincerely,

Helen Watson

Improvement Manager