£4m roads upgrade gets under way

Roadworks at several major road junctions in a busy area of Scarborough have begun.

Council contractors began a major overhaul of the Scalby Road and Manor Road roundabout on Monday. It is expected to take four weeks.

It is the first of several sites which are being upgraded. Most 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.

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.

All the work is scheduled to be complete by March 2021. At the moment, the cost is set at £3,875,000.

Meanwhile, a mile or so up Scalby Road, resurfacing work ran into trouble when large underground voids were detected. It is thought that the earth had been washed away, rendering the road liable to collapse between the two junctions of Fieldstead Crescent.

Work was suspended for safety reasons and specialist excavators called in.