CONFUSION over the closure of a Bridlington lane has left some local businesses worried about being cut off from their customers.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council signs appeared at the end of Woldgate where it meets Bessingby Hill in Bridlington, to say the road would be closed for approximately 16 weeks due to essential gas works.
However the work to lay a higher capacity gas main along one and a half miles of Woldgate is midway between the Bridlington end and the junction with Rudston road.
It means businesses like a trekking centre, paintball and laser experience company, a fresh water fishery and a touring caravan camp would still be accessible from Bessingby Hill.
Now, contractors Northern Gas Networks say the closure signs will include a “business as usual” sign.
A spokesman for the company said after talking to local businesses it has swapped its start point for replacing a 12 inch main with a bigger 19 inch main to cope with increased demand from new developments in Bridlington.
Instead of starting at the Bridlington end, they will start at the opposite end.
“We will start our excavations in the single track road from the end furthest away from Bridlington.
“This is a 16-week project, which means we would not be working near the Bridlington end of the mains until at least after the end of the school summer holidays and the busy visitor period,” said the spokesman.
She added that local businesses had been visited in June to explain about the essential work and the contractors would be liaising with them as the project was carried out.
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said the “Woldgate Closed” sign had been put up mainly to deter through traffic, especially large vehicles who would have found it impossible to turn round when they met the road works.
Diversions will operate along the B1253 Easton Road through Boynton and Rudston as shown on the map below.