From April 2021 we will be trialling a traffic-free Whitby Swing Bridge on weekends and Bank Holidays.
To improve safety for residents and visitors we are trialling closing Whitby Swing Bridge to vehicles between 10:30am and 4pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays throughout the year.
Signs will advise drivers of the days and times of the swing bridge closures, and direct traffic approaching the town centre to car parks.
The decision was made due to visitor numbers to Whitby increasing every year, in previous years we have had to close the bridge to traffic temporarily at its busiest times. The trial could run for 18 months but the situation will be constantly monitored with alterations made if necessary. The trial would be reviewed before any decision on permanent changes are made with the first review likely to be around December 2021.
It is essential that we receive feedback from residents, visitors and businesses in the area during the first six months of the scheme. All comments will be taken into account when the outcome of the trial is assessed.