Prospective MP backs bypass to end traffic issue

Tories were launching a campaign for a Sudbury bypass  Pictured: Cllr Colin Spence, James Cartlidge, John Sayers, Jan and Adrian Osborn ANL-140209-082434009
Tories were launching a campaign for a Sudbury bypass Pictured: Cllr Colin Spence, James Cartlidge, John Sayers, Jan and Adrian Osborn ANL-140209-082434009

A solution to Sudbury’s traffic problems was once again at the forefront of local politics this week as the new Conservative Parliamentary candidate voiced his views on the town.

James Cartlidge, recently selected to be the Tory candidate for the South Suffolk parliamentary seat in the general election in May, was leading a group of local Conservatives in his ‘Keep Sudbury Moving’ campaign at Sudbury bus station on Monday morning.

Mr Cartlidge said he was aware that calls for a western bypass and traffic reduction in the town were not new, but pledged to explore possible funding options from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

He feels that while other towns in the area had been given funding to sort their transport issues, including a recent grant for road improvements in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury had received nothing and, with proposed growth, he said it was time Sudbury saw its share.

“When they award funding, we can say we have had nothing,” he said. “We are entitled to say we have got problems here. We have got to make a constructive business case.”

The town’s case could be helped, Mr Cartilage believes, by the fact that all the issues are focused around the town centre.

He said it needed to be a concerted effort, with Suffolk County Council, Babergh District Council, Sudbury Town Council and Sudbury Steering Group all involved.

Sudbury town councillor Adrian Osborne said: “Over the years, we have had money that we have lost because we have not moved fast enough, so we need to push forward.”

Mr Cartilage’s plans also include rail link improvements to London.