Bridlington coastguard station to remain open 24 hours a day

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BRIDLINGTON’S coastguard station will not face night-time closure after the Government massively scaled back cuts to the coastguard service nationally.

The Humber Control Centre, on Limekiln Lane, was in danger of being downgraded from a 24 hour station to opening only during the day.

Now after a lengthy public consultation involving coastguard staff, emergency services, fisherman, and a Free Press campaign, the station will continue as before.

The number of centres were set to be reduced from 18 to eight, with only three remaining open 24 hours a day.

But transport secretary Philip Hammond told the House of Commons that 11 centres - including Bridlington - would remain and would all be 24-hour operational.

Mr Hammons announced that a new Maritime Operations Centre will still be based on the Solent on the South coast, as well as a disaster recovery backup facility at Dover which will also service vessels in the English Channel and will serve as a coastguard subcentre.

There will continue to be eight coastguard stations at Humber, Falmouth, Holyhead, Milford Haven, Belfast, Aberdeen, Stornaway and Shetland.

A smaller station in London will also be retained.

Some centres will still close including Clyde, Forth, Portland, Liverpool, Yarmouth, Brixham, Thames and Swansea.

The changes follow a consultation period during which the government received around 1800 submissions.

Read next week’s Free Press for a full report.