Stop the trial closure to traffic at Whitby's Swing Bridge!

Stop the trial closure to traffic at Whitby's Swing Bridge!

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Graham Prior started this petition to North Yorkshire County Council

Whitby swing Bridge is set for closure to vehicular traffic from 20th August for a trial period. This needs delaying until some improvements are made at the Spital Bridge junction. There has already been a trial on weekends and we saw the direct result of this. The problem this causes is a massive backlog of queuing traffic at the Spital Bridge / A171 junction at Larpool. This is due to a number of factors. One being traffic chancing it even though there are plenty of warning signs warning them the bridge is closed. The newly-created turning circle at church Street is used then the traffic has nowhere to go except use the afformentioned junction or go to Whitby Abbey. Traffic from Whitby Abbey and the surrounding caravan parks also head this way. This junction is an intersection with one of 4 of the main routes into Whitby. This particular route brings traffic to and from Scarborough which is why it becomes very difficult to emerge safely. My fears are there will be an accident when drivers get impatient or don't observe well enough at the junction, especially as the road curves slightly to the South, which creates a blind spot to the left behind the front A pillar. The solution here is either traffic lights or a roundabout at this junction BEFORE the swing Bridge closure is trialled. I feel as a driving instructor I am in a good position to understand the traffic problems this is creating

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