Work to start next week on Scalby Road junctions in Scarborough: Here's how long the roadworks are due to last

The third part of a £4 million scheme to upgrade four of Scarborough’s busiest junctions will get under way on Monday.

The proposed junction improvements affect two adjacent junctions; Scalby Road/Woodlands Drive and Scalby Road/Stepney Drive and should ease congestion around Scarborough Hospital.

Contractors working for North Yorkshire County Council’s highways team will begin the work on Monday, lasting for 10 weeks, with workers adhering to the social distancing guidelines.

Simon Morritt, chief executive of York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said he welcomed the work being carried out while patient numbers were low.

The Scalby Road-Woodlands Drive junction. Picture: Google

He said: “We recognise that these works are essential to accommodate the growth of Scarborough. They will also improve the capacity of the junction, making it easier for people travelling to and from the hospital by car, and improve the crossing facilities for people walking to and from the hospital.”

Both junctions will have additional approach lanes created, with upgraded traffic signals at Woodlands Drive/Scalby Road. New traffic signals will be put in place at Scalby Road/Stepney Drive, and there will be a new pedestrian crossing point across Stepney Drive.

Woodlands Drive will be widened to lengthen the left and right turn lanes at the traffic signals, and the pedestrian crossing island will be improved.

Scalby Road northbound will have an additional traffic lane, plus a new dedicated right-hand turn lane for vehicles wishing to turn into Woodland Ravine.

On Stepney Drive, left and right-hand turn lanes will be lengthened and a new staggered pedestrian crossing will also be installed as part of the new signals.

County councillor Andrew Jenkinson, of the Woodlands division, said: “I’m fully expecting the results of this junction improvement to be as successful as the first two phases of the scheme.”

Councillor Liz Colling, representing Falsgrave and Stepney for North Yorkshire County Council and Scarborough Borough Council, added: “The workforce that will be carrying out these improvements also did the great work at the Sixth Form College roundabout recently.

“I’m in no doubt they will do an excellent job here too and we will soon see the benefits of the improved traffic flow for our residents, businesses and visitors.”

Working hours will be predominantly between 7am and 7.30pm weekdays only with resurfacing works undertaken on weeknights between 7pm and 3am.

Stepney Drive between its junctions with A170 Stepney Road and Scalby Road will be closed between June 15 and July 1.

Traffic will be diverted via the mini roundabout at the Crown Tavern. Old Scalby Road will be closed at the end closest to Stepney Drive from Monday (June 1) until June 12.

A signed diversion route for vehicles will be in place whenever a road has to be closed to traffic. Access for pedestrians and deliveries will be maintained at all times.

Resurfacing of Scalby Road will be carried out between 7pm and 3am on various nights between June 22 and July 24 using temporary traffic lights.

When work is taking place on the Woodlands Drive car park exit, it will be restricted to half its width for two consecutive nights. During the day it will be restored to full width. Work is expected to take place between July 24 and 27.

In place of the planned face-to-face ‘meet the contractor’ session, the public are encouraged to email any questions they may have to [email protected]

The first two phases of the improvements have been completed on the Scalby Road/Manor Road junction, and the Stepney Road/Stepney Drive/Sandybed Lane junction.

Work on the final phase at Stepney Road/Falsgrave Road roundabout is scheduled for autumn 2020.