‘We need masterplan not a western bypass’

Theo Bird who believes the town doesn't need a bypass but instead needs to invest in getting a master plan together to find the most appropriate traffic management solution for the town.                        FL; Green Candidate Robert Lindsay, Theo Bird, and green atchitect Ralph Carpenter. ANL-140923-183744009
Theo Bird who believes the town doesn't need a bypass but instead needs to invest in getting a master plan together to find the most appropriate traffic management solution for the town. FL; Green Candidate Robert Lindsay, Theo Bird, and green atchitect Ralph Carpenter. ANL-140923-183744009
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A campaigner has said Sudbury needs an overall masterplan rather than a bypass in order to solve its traffic woes.

Theo Bird, who lives in Bulmer Road – right by the highlighted traffic and pollution problems – has come out in opposition to plans for a western bypass.

Mr Bird has called for alternatives to be looked at instead of choosing what he described as “the over-simplistic and outdated 1970s idea” of a bypass.

Mr Bird feels simply building more roads will only result in the encouragement of urban sprawl and will not actually sort either the traffic or pollution problems currently affecting the town.

“The first thing we need to do is to create a masterplan and work out how best to deal with the issues,” said Mr Bird.

To do this, he would hire an independent consultancy firm to carry out a review of the town’s issues as a whole and look at solutions.

He would look to fund this through the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the group that would also provide any funding for a bypass.

“There are other opportunities we need to explore,” he said. “Including car share, bicycles, pedestrians, buses, trains and maybe even a community-owned not-for-profit logistics hub closer to a trunk road to serve Sudbury businesses.”

This, he believes, would cut down on the number of lorries entering the town – an issue Sudbury cycling campaigner Tim Register feels has been forgotten by the Tory councillors currently calling for a bypass.

Mr Register said: “A Sudbury bypass is a nice way of deflecting any action away from doing something on redirecting the strategic lorry route away from Cross Street.

“Given the plight of Cross Street, waiting for some mythical bypass does nothing in the short and probably medium-term.

“Suffolk should be telling Essex that Cross Street has to be off the route.”