It is being proposed that the swing bridge, which links the east and west sides of Whitby in the heart of the town centre, will be closed to traffic at peak times over a range of dates covering 248 days between April 15 and December 18, due to concerns that have been mounting over recent years about conflicts between people and vehicles on the narrow bridge.
These include Easter and bank holidays and weekends during the school summer holidays and October half-term.
However, the town authority says other dates such as Goth weekend should be included and extra signs and warnings put up and publicised to help tourists navigate road closures, which last year led to traffic chaos with cars turning round once they got to the bridge and congestion as there is only one main road in and out of the town centre on both sides of the bridge.
“The Town Council’s view remains that it objects to the current approach to temporary closure of the Swing Bridge and that the Highways Department of North Yorkshire should work much harder to inform road users about what is going on and to mitigate the knock-on effects of closing-off the bridge at busy times.”
Whitby Town Council has invited the county council to its next meeting to discuss the issue.