Future town transport plan begins to take shape

WAIT AND SEE: Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne at Belle Vue junction, which has been identified as a key area for improvements.
WAIT AND SEE: Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne at Belle Vue junction, which has been identified as a key area for improvements.
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Dramatic changes to the way traffic navigates its way through Sudbury could be introduced if exploratory ideas come to fruition.

Three key areas have been identified as requiring alterations in order to improve traffic and pedestrian flow.

During a meeting on Tuesday, discussions took place on how problems around the Belle Vue junction, bus station and Great Eastern Road could be solved in the future.

“We want a way of bringing people into the town in different ways, without traffic piling up in the usual places,” said Sudbury mayor Adrian Osborne.

“Ideas were put forward and will be drawn up by Suffolk County Council.”

At Belle Vue junction, proposals include creating a major roundabout, which would allow cars to turn up Newton Road from Cornard Road, and a new crossing to help people walk from the park to the town centre more easily.

It is also thought a new roundabout would improve traffic flow outside Easterns Station Lounge, with the funds coming from a £450,000 allocation of the county council’s budget, which is available to Sudbury until 2015.

“There is a limited amount of money, but once the schemes are considered and we know what is feasible, we could have something on the table soon,” said Mr Osborne.

Councillors and business representatives also explored the issue of the bus station and came to the conclusion it could be replaced by turning Sudbury into a “transport hub” with more drop-off points.

“It was a good meeting and there was lots of consensus,” said Simon Barrett, town and district councillor.

“It was a case of identifying what we would like to achieve and then seeing what is deliverable.”

Debate also touched on how more pedestrians and cyclists could be encouraged into the town.