A WELL-USED Scarborough link road will be closed for two-and-a-half months while an ageing railway bridge is replaced.
Westwood Bridge, in Belgrave Terrace, will be shut from today until the end of March, for engineering works.
The bridge is between Westwood and Falsgrave Road, overlooking the railway station. A diversion will be put in place at its junction with Westwood and Westover Road.
North Yorkshire County Council, which is responsible for highways in Scarborough, successfully made an order to close the link for the anticipated 10-week duration of the work.
The closure will come as the latest blow to motorists who use the bridge as a short cut between Falsgrave and Westwood, and shoppers who use the link when visiting Tesco.
Cllr Andrew Backhouse, who holds the Scarborough Council portfolio for highways, acknowledged that the work will cause an inconvenience but said it was necessary. “It’s going to go on for quite a while and it will cause some difficulties but Westwood will remain open,” he added.
“It’s going to cause movement of traffic down to the Tesco traffic lights, but it’s a part of the network that needs doing.
“If the bridge is not replaced it would have to be closed as a vehicle bridge and leave it open to pedestrians only. That would be no good. It needs to be strong enough for vehicles.”
The work comes as contractors continue to work on £2.5 million road resurfacing. The improvements have been carried out on Burniston Road and Scalby Road, with Filey Road also being renewed.
Contractors are scheduled to move on to Westborough and Falsgrave to carry out similar improvements as well as the Throxenby Lane junction, Barry’s Lane, Grosvenor Road, St Nicholas Cliff and Westwood.