Cinder Track resurfacing works continue

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Part of the Cinder Track near Whitby is closed for approximately two weeks to allow for the completion of re-surfacing works delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

The temporary closure affects a 2km stretch of the track between Larpool Lane (just south of Larpool Viaduct) and the public footpath to the east of Broomfields Farm. It is necessary for public safety and to enable contractors to adhere to a COVID-19 secure way of working.

Remedial work on adjacent verges will also be completed, but may take a few days longer to allow for ecological supervision.

An alternative route for pedestrians from the Stainsacre end is possible via the Monk’s Trod public footpath and back onto the A171 near to Sainsbury’s supermarket. Confident walkers with a map may prefer to find alternative diversions. Larpool Lane is narrow in places with limited visibility so may not suit all abilities.

Cyclists and horse-riders are not permitted on public footpaths so will have to terminate their journey at Broomfields Farm or divert before reaching that point onto the A171 via Scraper Lane, Stainsacre.

Access via Larpool Lane to the south end of Larpool Viaduct and northwards will still be open but users should be aware that the contractor working on the track, Wilf Noble, will be storing plant and materials in the small car parking area.

Local signage advising of the closure and diversions have been put in place. Information has also been added to the Cinder Track Facebook page.

Previous work carried out in early spring, prior to the peak of the coronavirus restrictions, included a wide tarmac surface from Larpool Viaduct to the end of the track at Beevers furniture store. This stretch remains fully open during the current works.

Paul Thompson, Operations, Transport and Countryside Manager said:

"We appreciate the positive feedback we’ve received so far on the substantial improvements made to the track earlier in the year, which many users have already benefited from.

"We are pleased that our contractor has now been able to restart work and we ask users to bear with us while the job is completed."

Additional work is planned for the Whitby to Hawsker stretch of the track to improve signage and access, as well as environmental enhancements such as bird and bat boxes.

Further surface improvements up to the A171 at Hawsker Station are still to be confirmed. We will notify users of any further closes of the track that might be required to facilitate the work.

Picture of the view from the cinder track close to Broomfields Farm