Northallerton rally over future of the Friarage Hospital

A rolling road closure will be put into place in Northallerton on May 26, when hundreds of people are expected to take part in a rally and march over the future of paediatric and maternity services at the town’s Friarage Hospital.

The rally is due to begin at County Hall at 2pm. Among the speakers will be William Hague, the MP for Richmond.

North Yorkshire County Council will make limited parking facilities available for the rally, but is urging people to use public transport wherever possible.

The rally will be followed, at approximately 2.40pm, by a march to the Friarage Hospital by way of South Parade and the High Street. Rather than closing the roads, North Yorkshire County Council will control the traffic by means of a rolling road closure.

County Councillor Carl Les, Executive Member for the council’s Chief Executive Services said:

There is very limited parking available at County Hall.

There are varying estimates of the number of people expected at the rally and march, but parking will certainly be at a premium, and I would ask people to take into account the limited facilities available at the rally.

It is not possible to predict for how long the rolling road closures will be in place, because clearly that depends entirely on the number of marchers. However, by controlling the traffic with a rolling road closure, the council will ensure that disruption is kept to a minimum.


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  1. I had my twins at the friarage, and one spent some time in special care. Could not fault a single thing! Really hope the public get behind this appeal and show their support!

  2. Shocking

    It is shocking that a Minister has to go onto the streets to tell Hospital Directors at South Tees how to do their jobs.

    Shocking that these directors don’t have a vision for their Trust, their hospital or for the Friarage.

    It is shocking that David Cameron says there are no cuts when the Friarage Hospital is being cut to pieces.

    They say that Mr Lansley is considering Mr Hague’s requests – that will solve an immediate problem, however it does not deal with the real issue.

    May I suggest that Mr Cameron, Mr Hague and Mr Lansley carry out a route cause analysis and perform surgery as soon as possible.


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