Traffic Jam: ‘Yes’ to a new route

Road changes plan for Seamer Road  Retail Park.'Staff at Stoneacre Ford look forward to the proposed changes.from left Sales manager Jonathan Brown, Joanne Davidson, Eleanor Bell and Stewart Dale.'Picture by Neil Silk   112316
Road changes plan for Seamer Road Retail Park.'Staff at Stoneacre Ford look forward to the proposed changes.from left Sales manager Jonathan Brown, Joanne Davidson, Eleanor Bell and Stewart Dale.'Picture by Neil Silk 112316
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A NEW exit to ease traffic flow at Scarborough’s Seamer Road Business Park could be given the green light.

The move follows increasing problems with congestion and long tailbacks at the current single entrance and exit on to the busy A64.

Scarborough planning chiefs are now considering a planning application for an additional left-turn only exit on to Seamer Road near homewares store Dunelm Mill.

The application was validated on Monday and is now pending consideration.

The Evening News reported on the issue on Saturday, with many motorists and shoppers giving the idea the thumbs-up. It has also been welcomed by those working in the business park, especially as two major stores – Next at Home and Brantano footwear – will be opening this year.

A spokesman from Halfords said: “The new exit is definitely a good idea. We would certainly welcome this, especially with the new shops coming in.”

A spokeswoman from Dunelm Mill was also positive about the plan.

She said: “It’s been mentioned before and we do think it’s a good idea.

“With the new stores in place this will allow traffic in and out a lot more easily.

“It’s been very busy recently and this looks like it could be the answer.”

Other businesses in Seamer Road, such as Magnet and Stoneacre Ford, have also welcomed the new exit, although it will not go as far as the car dealers’ location.

Stoneacre Ford’s sales manager Jonathan Brown, believes it will not solve the problems and that more thought needs to be given to the traffic lights.

He said: “Morning and evening it’s bumper to bumper. The new exit will help, but it will not make a big difference to Seamer Road. It’s just a never-ending series of lights and on a morning it can be a nightmare. They need to look at Seamer Road as a whole. I know that a lot of people in Scarborough try to avoid it altogether.”

A decision on the new exit at the business park is expected by August 1. Toan Chau, of URS Scott Wilson, a traffic and highways consultancy who submitted the planning application on behalf of the park’s owners, told the Evening News that work has been going on for the past three years to try to improve the situation.

He said: “We have been working closely with the council on this. We did some work in October last year to widen the exit at the main point of access.

“But that was only phase one – phase two will be the left-turn only exit on the southern side of the park.

“This will hopefully relieve some of the congestion.”

Mr Chau added that they have also been working with the council on improving the flow of vehicles through the traffic lights on Seamer Road.

He said: “We’re doing everything we can to improve it. Queues are happening a lot on busy days and we’ve been monitoring this closely, particularly over the last two months.

“The work has been going on for a while, but it’s a crucial time now with the new stores coming in.”