Following many years of hard work and lobbying by the County and Borough Councils the Transport Minister, Gillian Merron, has finally approved funding for the Scarborough Integrated Transport Scheme.
Costing nearly £30m the scheme includes a new section to the A165 to the south of the town together with two new park and ride facilities, one on the A165 and the other on the A64 and major new urban traffic controls in the centre of Scarborough. The bypass section has been in the pipeline for many years and the proposed facilities to improve the way residents and visitors are able to enter and leave the town will add to the major renaissance of Scarborough. Officials say that the scheme will greatly assist in allowing strategic development of sites like the Middle Deepdale housing development andcarborough Business Park Residents and visitors will also see major changes to the park and ride facilities and bus priority corridors which should allow people a greater choice in the type of transport on offer and greater confidence in journey times.The new urban traffic controls will include sophisticated technological equipment at existing and new traffic signals which will allow park and ride buses to enter and exit the town more easily and allow traffic to flow around the town more easily. The scheme is expected to take two years and will start with the bypass works immediately.Councillor Godfrey Allanson, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: 'This is fantastic news for the town. I have been around long enough to see this proposal from inception to this stage. It will be a great day when in two years time the scheme is up and running and Scarborough and the surrounding area is able to see the benefits. Congestion will be eased and traffic will be allowed to move more freely around the town. I will be ensuring that during the construction stage the community is fully engaged to help in a smoother implementation as possible.'