DRIVERS are being urged to take note of a one way system being introduced in Marine Drive tomorrow following “dangerous” near misses last weekend.
As of tomorrow a 300-metre section of Marine Drive will become one-way every weekend, and during school holidays, until the end of October.
The move coincides with road works being carried out by Yorkshire Water as it installs a giant underground storm tank at the Toll House Pumping Station.
The installation forms part of a two year, £40 million project by the firm to improve bathing water at Scarborough’s beaches.
During the week the affected stretch of Marine Drive is cut down to one lane controlled by traffic lights.
However on weekends and school holidays the single lane will become entirely one way, with traffic travelling from south to north.
The one way system was due to come in to force last weekend but had to be aborted after only a few hours on Saturday as a result of several near head on collisions as drivers failed to take note of the changes.
Motorists are now being urged to follow roads signs ahead of a second attempt to introduce the one-way system tomorrow.
Yorkshire Water’s project manager David Hargill said: “We need motorists to help us to enable this system of traffic management to work safely.
“Last week there were occasions where cars proceeded to drive southbound despite the one-way system.
“This is very dangerous and we therefore decided to retain two way traffic once again under traffic light control until we could understand what was causing the problem.
“Trying to manage such a high volume of weekend traffic under traffic lights is, however, not an option which is why we’ve agreed to use the one-way system at weekends and holiday times.
“Last weekend’s congestion was mainly due to the fact that we were unable to safely implement the one-way system.”
Yorkshire Water will continue to work with North Yorkshire County Council’s highways department to closely monitor the situation this weekend and have already reviewed and improved the road signs. Southbound traffic and parking on Marine Drive will continue to be unaffected.