Fewer trees and more traffic lights
Roadworks at several major road junctions in a busy area of Scarborough will cause traffic chaos over the next two years.
Most of the sites are in Scalby Road, at the junctions with Stepney Road, Manor Road, Stepney Drive, Old Scalby Road and Woodlands Drive.
Another is at the roundabout connecting Stepney Road, Stepney Drive and Sandybed Lane, by the Sixth Form College.
Work is due to start on the first of these, at the Scalby Road / Manor Road roundabout, at an unspecified date in June. All the work is scheduled to be complete by March 2021.
New traffic lights will be installed at Scalby Road’s junctions with Stepney Drive and Falsgrave Road / Stepney Road. Seven trees in Falsgrave Road and Stepney Road will be removed. Roads and pavements will be reshaped and pedestrian islands and crossing points moved or installed.
Compared to the other sites, the work at Old Scalby Road and Woodlands Drive will be relatively minor, involving the reshaping of pedestrian islands.
The authority concedes that “some road closures will be inevitable”, although temporary traffic lights will control the traffic flow as much as possible.
It says: “These modifications are essential to support the proposed growth of the town over the period of [Scarborough Council’s] local plan up to 2032. In their current layout, all the junctions were expected to reach capacity during that time.
“This is a major investment in the future of Scarborough. The modifications are crucial to the aspirations for the growth of the town. The upgrades will bring improvements to access facilities for people with disabilities”.
The upgrades will cost £3,875,000. Most of this, £3.5m, will be paid by the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership. Set up by the government, this partnership of people from local authorities and businesses uses local knowledge to secure government investment in projects and schemes that will make a difference to the economy.
The rest of the funding will come from the county and borough councils, who are contributing £150,000 each, and developer contributions.
If and when the projected cost increases, it would be capped at £4,075,000. The £200,000 shortfall would be covered equally by the borough and county councils. Any further rise would be paid by the county council.