Whitby's new park and ride scheme announced

Whitby by Robin Drayton Tourism is important to Whitby's economy said Gareth Dadd

Work on a new park and ride scheme for Whitby is due to be finished by Easter - in time for the peak holiday season.

North Yorkshire County Council has announced construction is to start in January at the A171 and B1460 junction. It will cost £2.8m.

The facility is to include spaces for 450 cars, a toilet block and a new roundabout near Cross Butts Farm just outside the town.

There would be some delays to traffic during the work, the council said.

Councillor Gareth Dadd said visitors were important to Whitby's economy and claimed the site would be "crucial to supporting tourism in the town".

There are currently about 1,700 spaces in Scarborough Borough Council car parks in the town.

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