Marine Drive back in the day

North Bay work continues. 141319
North Bay work continues. 141319

Plans to reopen Marine Drive are moving forward with the iconic coast road to come back into full use next week.

Yorkshire Water is coming towards the end of the £50 million bathing water improvement works on the road and the plans for the new piazza to be built Peasholm Gap will be going before North Yorkshire County Council next month.

The company said the road would reopen sometime early next week but would not be drawn on exactly what day it would happen.

The Marine Drive work, which has seen the road closed to two-way traffic for two years, was an investment by Yorkshire Water to meet new bathing water standards which come into force in 2015.

Claire Glavina, from Yorkshire Water’s community engagement team, said: “We are currently testing the massive new storm pumps that are in the new building in Marine Drive.
“We’re completing re-turfing of the miniature golf course in order that the putting holes can be installed prior to the summer season.

“We’re planning to re-open Marine Drive to two-way traffic at the end of March while we re-instate the road surface to a high standard. We’ll also be reinstating the footpath to its original width in readiness for the forthcoming Easter holiday period.”

The two options on the table for the piazza area at Peasholm Gap are to replace the mini roundabout with a larger footway area, but retain the ability for buses to turn around.

The second is to remove the turning area completely to give a dedicated space for entertainment purposes.

Vehicular access top the beach huts would be maintained and the work is being funded by Yorkshire Water.

A decision will be made in early April after local businesses and stakeholders were consulted up until the end of February.