Warning over Crescent work

Albemarle Crescent road works start.Picture Richard Ponter.121913b.
Albemarle Crescent road works start.Picture Richard Ponter.121913b.

MOTORISTS, bus passengers and businesses are facing upheaval as resurfacing works are carried out in Albemarle Crescent.

The busy town-centre thoroughfare was closed for similar work less than two years ago, but the road surface is having to be laid again after the original work failed.

It will be closed from 8am to 6pm today, Thursday and Friday to allow resurfacing to be carried out.

During these times, passengers wanting to use the number 5 bus are asked to use stops in Queen Street, St Thomas Street, Castle Road or Northway, near the junction of Prospect Road.

For all other buses there will be a temporary stop at Northway taxi rank.

Bob Rackley, commercial manager at East Yorkshire Motor Services, said: “Things like this do cause a lot of disruption, but the county council does try and give us the details as soon as they can.

“But sometimes things can change at short notice and it can be difficult to let our customers know.

“We don’t want people to be left stranded.”

The work in Albemarle Crescent is part of a series of ongoing resurfacing works across Scarborough.

They are being carried out at the expense of the contractor, rather than the county council, as the original works failed.

Other areas affected are Scalby Road and Seamer Road, with a daytime closure at the junction of Musham Bank/Manham Hill/Westway planned from 7.30am to 6pm tomorrow

All buses that travel this way, including Service 382S to Graham School and Service 449S to Yorkshire Coast College, will have to divert via Cayton Low Road and Holme Hill in both directions.

This means that the bus company will not be able to use the stops on Manham Hill, Westway (the stop near the roundabout) and Ridgeway.

Passengers who normally get on or off the bus here are asked to use an alternative stop.

A spokeswoman from North Yorkshire County Council said the works were progressing well and on schedule.

She also explained that the work in Albemarle Crescent is being done during the day in a bid to avoid disturbing residents and guest house customers at night.

The spokeswoman said: “After consultation with the local businesses, a preference for day time closure was specified by businesses, so as to not disturb guests.”