Words and photo by Dave Barry
Roadworks have begun on several streets in the centre of Scarborough.
Part of Newborough, between Queen Street and St Nicholas Street, has been closed to allow the pavements to be widened.
Traffic is being diverted and several buses are taking different routes.
The taxi rank has been moved to St Thomas Street permanently.
“The irregularity of the traffic lights for pedestrians will also be improved, especially when crossing from Heron Foods, where at present there is confusion”, said Janet Jefferson, the county councillor for the area and president of the Chamber of Trade and Commerce.
Aberdeen Walk will see a continuation of the precinct works that took place last year with new paving and a coloured tarmac centre section.
Block paving will be replaced in Bar Street and relaid in Huntriss Row.
The work is scheduled to be complete by 29 March.
Cty Cllr Jefferson said: “It has been a long-term intention to create a much stronger pedestrian link between the town centre and the seafront and this is a step towards achieving that. We hope it will increase pedestrian flow to the lower part of the town.
“I hope residents and visitors will support the local businesses during the works and we would like to apologise in advance for any disruption these works might cause”.
The work is being carried out by North Yorkshire County Council.
Signs have been erected in the area, giving details.