A serious crash has closed an important road for family excursions in North Yorkshire. 

Police have just closed the A170 between Irton Moor Lane, the turn-off for the Irton Garden Centre, and the Stepney Road roundabout on the outskirts of Scarborough.

North Yorkshire Police tweeted: "We’re currently dealing with a serious road traffic collision on the A170 Racecourse Road in Scarborough."

They are not indicating how long they expect the road to remain closed and diversions have yet to be put in place.  . 

The A170 links the southern North York Moors with the North Yorkshire coast.

The road was closed shortly after 11am this morning and by 3pm motoring organisations were reporting that the road had re-opened.  However, the police have yet to confirm this. 

The police have also not provided any details about the crash that led to the closure other than saying that it was "serious".