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St Nicholas Street to be Closed to Traffic on Busy Nights to Improve Road Safety

Road Closed

Scarborough Borough Council's Safer Communities Team, North Yorkshire Police and North Yorkshire County Council have agreed a plan that will see St Nicholas Street in Scarborough closed to traffic on Saturday nights and Bank Holidays in a bid to improve road safety.

The trial closure will start on Saturday 11 April 2015 between the hours of 11pm to 5am and will be introduced for up to 18 months initially.

The closure, which is intended to prevent collisions between pedestrians and passing vehicles late at night, will prohibit all motor vehicles (except emergency service vehicles) from entering St Nicholas Street from 11pm Saturday night through to 5am Sunday mornings and additionally on Bank Holidays from 11pm Sunday night through to 5am Monday mornings.

It will also apply on Boxing Day night from 11pm through to 5am the following morning and 11pm New Year’s Eve through to 5am on New Year's Day.

David Bowe, North Yorkshire’s Corporate Director for Business and Environmental Services said:
"This trial closure is being undertaken with pedestrian safety very much in mind at these busy times of night. We have worked in partnership with the Police and Scarborough Borough Council on this and the effects of the closure will be carefully monitored."
Sandra Rees, Scarborough Borough Council Community Safety Manager added:
"This is part of an ongoing package of initiatives to ensure the public experience a safe and enjoyable night out in Scarborough."
The point beyond which vehicles may not proceed will be the junction of London Inn Yard (The Royal Hotel). Any vehicles that have parked in St Nicholas Street before 11pm, or are parked in the off-street parking places at the Town Hall or through the archway between Weigh Save and Light Box will be permitted to drive away from the area during the closure period along St Nicholas Street towards St Thomas Street, but should do so with care, as pedestrians may not be expecting vehicles.

Pedestrians and cyclists will not be affected by the closure. Vehicular access to Bar Street and London Inn Yard will also be unaffected.

A diversion route will be signed as St Nicholas Cliff, Falconers Road, Somerset Terrace, Northway, Victoria Road, Castle Road, Queen Street, Newborough. The closure and diversion route for traffic would be signed between the hours of 11pm and 5am, with signage removed at other times.

People wishing to comment or object to the road closures continuing on a more permanent basis, should write to Area 3 Whitby Highways Office, Discovery Way, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4PZ or e-mail by 12 October.

Main photo by The Local People Photo Archive on Flickr

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1 comment:

  1. Finally! With the amount of near misses on Saturday nights outside the clubs, and the driving habits of some taxi drivers, it's a wonder there have been no fatalities so far, Glad NYCC have listened!


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