Road woes

FRUSTRATION for Scarborough motorists is continuing to grow as road closures in the town cause heavy delays.

Work to resurface Burniston Road began on Monday as part of a £2.5 million improvement programme.

A series of diversions have been put in place as parts of the road are closed between the hours of 7.30am and 7pm on weekdays.

It is expected that the work, which has also been affecting businesses, will continue for another four weeks.

One motorist affected by the delays told the Evening News yesterday: “It’s been an absolute nightmare. There’s been traffic right down Scalby Road and it’s all the way up Coldyhill Lane.

“It’s affecting shoppers coming out of Proudfoots who have got to wait for ages to join the road.

“It’s one of the main arteries from the north side of the town. I know they have to do the resurfacing but why can’t they do it at night where there’s far fewer cars on the roads?

“There have also been road closed signs put up in places where no work has been taking place at that time.”

Temporary traffic lights were being put up yesterday at the junction of Cross Lane and Burniston Road.

North Yorkshire County Council, which is carrying out the resurfacing, has said it is vitally important that the work is carried out. The complaints come as it was announced that the lower part of Eastborough will be closed for three weeks from November 14 so that a new gas main, which is being laid in Foreshore Road, can be connected to the existing network.

During the stage of the project Eastborough will be closed at its junction with Sandside and Foreshore Road.

Gwen Allen, of Northern Gas Networks, said yesterday: “This work has been very carefully scheduled around other utility and council works in Scarborough to help minimise disruption.

“Engineers will work around the town’s Christmas events, including the arrival of Santa at the harbour and the procession to Boyes’ grotto. Eastborough will be temporarily opened to allow this special event to go ahead.

“We would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused by this work but it is essential that we replace these pipes to ensure the continued safe and reliable supply of gas to the area.”

Falsgrave Road also continues to be disrupted. It is down to one lane at its junction woth Seamer Road.