Road closed after Sudbury fire to partially reopen

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A road which has been closed since a large fire in Sudbury town centre in September is to partially reopen.

It is hoped the top of Friars Street will reopen tomorrow, allowing traffic from the town centre down Friars Street, however, it will remain closed in the other direction as repair work continues.

Traders are hoping this will increase footfall and business in Friars Street which has dropped since the fire.

Steve Merry, highways assistant manager for the Babergh area, said: “Our guys will be down there and will try to get the one-way system in operation – hopefully it will work successfully.

“We are still in the hands of the loss adjusters, insurers and contractors who are doing the repair work on buildings in Friars Street so we are having to play it by ear initially and will modify the system if we encounter problems.

“We initially wanted to have a pedestrian walkway on the north side of Friars Street where the fire was, but this is not possible because of the width of the hoarding around the scaffolding and the need for vehicular access to the site.

“This situation will be reassessed after the repairs to the roof of the Javelin shop have been completed.”

Traffic coming up Friars Street will have to continue to turn right at Station Road to get to the town centre.