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Friday, 19 August 2016

Popular visitor route protected from sea

A £9m coastal defence scheme to protect the A174 route that's popular with visitors between Whitby and Sandsend officially opens today (Friday, 19 August).

More robust defences now protect the route.
Robert Goodwill, MP for Scarborough and Whitby, will perform the ceremony, which will be attended by local councillors and representatives of the Environment Agency and contractor Balfour Beatty.

Worn-out coastal defences have been replaced along a 1km stretch of the road where it runs close to the shoreline.

The work, costing more than £9m, has been funded by the county council and Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. It entailed replacement of the old concrete defences and stabilisation and redesign of the upper slope above the road.
 
The road has a history of landslips requiring costly repairs over the years. It sits at the top of the coastal defences built in conjunction with the former railway and has a boulder clay coastal slope above it. Over recent winters, the authority increasingly had to carry out urgent repair work to collapses in the concrete defences as well as to slips above the road, requiring closure of the road and traffic management.
 
County Councillor Don Mackenzie, executive member for highways, said: “This is a major tourist route, so completion of the project is good news for both the local and business community. I am also pleased to say that the scheme has been delivered on budget."

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