Fury over plans for new bus route

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Angry residents have hit out at “laughable” plans to use a Sudbury link road, with a traffic calming measure in the middle, as a new bus route.

Chambers Coaches wants to send its 753 bus between Chaucer Road and Clermont Avenue to take passengers to the town’s Tesco store.

But residents say a traffic calming device – described as an “egg box” – which was meant to prevent access for all vehicles, except buses and emergency vehicles, is failing and the bus route will make things worse.

“To have a double decker bus going through there is laughable,” said Andrew Kellaway, who lives by the link.

“In the winter, when there is snow and ice, people on the estate cannot get up that road as it is dangerous, so how is a bus going to manage? There are accidents every year.”

During a Sudbury Town Council meeting on Tuesday, residents told members that the road was being used as a shortcut by 4x4s, motorcycles and vans and needed to be monitored to prevent drivers breaching a traffic order.

They said a barrier or rising bollards should have been put in by Suffolk County Council last year, but instead the authority opted for a “useless design”.

“I have been having trouble selling my house due to all the issues this has created and we want it to be sorted out so we can move on,” said resident Leon Spall.

Councillors agreed to put the concerns of residents to highways officers at the county council. Chambers is due to start the new route on November 4.