A controversial link road in Sudbury for buses and emergency vehicles has been agreed to by Suffolk County Councillors.
The road between Chaucer Road and Clermont Avenue, that has already been built, has been passed by the council’s rights of way committee,e despite fears over safety and concerns it will be used as a rat run.
The road links up the two estates and is hoped to improve bus routes in the town.
There were fears it could be used by large commercial vehicles and motorcycles as a rat run, as they can get past the intricate design which prevents cars from using it.
Set out in a formation of blocks, described by county councillor John Sayers as a “concrete egg tray” the road engineering is meant to only allowing access for busses and emergency vehicles, however, it is reported that already some vehicles are using the road as a short-cut.
Mr Sayers said this was something he and many of his constituents were keen to avoid and said he had suggested some sort of remote or swipe card controlled system to enforce the rules.
“This is the biggest statement made originally by the residents,” he said.
“They didn’t want the noise or the upheaval of the traffic, they have already got enough vehicle movement.
“There are a lot of elderly people up there and they want it to be returned as a nice quiet area to live.”
Mr Sayers admitted the road was a “great little short cut” providing a through road between the A134 and Melford Road but agreed it should not be made a public road unless the residents there wanted it.
Once adopted by the council, the road will be opened and tested for a year with the results deciding whether it will remain open or not.
“If at the end of the monitoring period it shows lots of unauthorised traffic then the committee will have to try again,” said Mr Sayers.
Mr Sayers said he was unsure of exactly how it was going to be monitored.
“I don’t want to put spokes in the wheel but it’s another traffic problem for Sudbury,” he said.