All Manor of problems as one-way system is switched

Another month, another direction
Another month, another direction

Drivers have been told to plan extra time for journeys through Bridlington town centre and pedestrians have been warned to take extra care.

The one-way system in Manor Street has been switched back this week – and it will be swapping AGAIN next week – the third change since the start of the year.

Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance

Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance

Motorists have said it is “an accident waiting to happen”.

Problems with the drainage system have been blamed for the unplanned changes in Bridlington town centre, which kicked in on Tuesday.

For years, drivers had only been allowed to travel northwards along Manor Street, but that was reversed in January as part of a series of improvements.

However, the original traffic flow is now back in place for the next week, before everything reverts back to how it was planned next week.

Manor Street

Manor Street

Nigel Atkinson, head of Bridlington Renaissance, said: “Since work started on the second phase of the Bridlington Integrated Transport Plan the council and its contractor has come across a number of defects relating to the existing drainage infrastructure and other underground obstructions that have needed addressing in both the Hilderthorpe Road and Bridge St areas of the project.

“In order to achieve its completion target date for the project of spring 2018 and ensure the safety of the workforce, the council and its contractor have taken the decision to implement a temporary road closure on Bridge Street to undertake the reconstruction and resurfacing work, this is anticipated to take up to eight days. This will mean a temporary reversal of the new one-way system on Manor Street

“The council would like to apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and would urge pedestrians, motorists and the travelling public to plan any journey in advance and to be vigilant and follow any signs and signals in the area affected.”

But on the Free Press Facebook page, motorists were suggesting the change was unnecessary and dangerous. Comments included:

An artist's impression of how Manor Street will look in the future

An artist's impression of how Manor Street will look in the future

○ Ursula Tilling: “Why? People are just getting used to the new route, and now it’s being changed again for all of one week. When it’s changed back again it will cause chaos. Honestly, who thinks of these stupid ideas?”

○ Dianne Swain: “Why do it in the first place? It’s an accident waiting to happen.”

○ John Cross: “An accident is just waiting to happen on Manor Street and the shame is, none of this is needed and will deter people from going into town.”

○ Thomas Fynn: “Really don’t know why it was changed anyway, it’s worked perfectly well for the last 50 years or so.

“Be better if they reduced the amount of traffic lights on Promenade.”