New B&M junction and signs for Scarborough

The eyesore junction
The eyesore junction

Some of Scarborough's longest-running road issues may finally be solved after North Yorkshire County Council announced a new £2m funding package.

The eyesore B&M traffic cones in Seamer Road will finally be replaced by a traffic island - just four years after it was suggested.

"Welcome to Scarborough"

"Welcome to Scarborough"

The county will also use the money to replace the town's many damaged and out-of-date signs, which point people to non-existent attractions and fail to mention the waterpark.

The Scarborough News campaign was backed by readers who helped to point out the many examples that provided an ugly and confusing welcome to anyone visiting our town.

Also included in the works is:

* town centre highway maintenance and refurbishment to encourage access to this heritage-rich part of town; areas for refurbishment will include Westbrough, Eastbrough and Newbrough;

It really helps visitors

It really helps visitors

* resurfacing of Scarborough’s main North Bay promenade (Royal Albert Drive/Marine Drive)

The money comes from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund, a pot of £185m to improve road networks and public transport announced in the Chancellor’s autumn statement last year. In January, the Department for Transport allocated the funding, including £5.1m for North Yorkshire, £2m of which will be spent in Scarborough.

The money must be spent on transport schemes in the county during the coming financial year, 2017/18. These schemes must be in addition to any other highways maintenance or works planned during the year and should be designed to boost productivity, transport, digital communications, research and development or housing.

Barrie Mason, assistant director, Highways and Transportation, said: “As well as looking at our own highways priorities, we consulted colleagues in district and borough councils.

"The draft programme compiled following this process will meet the Government’s requirements to ease congestion and upgrade important roads, unlock job creation opportunities and enable the delivery of vital housing development.”