An alternative idea for a Sudbury bypass – that would avoid crossing the water meadows – has been backed in part by a Green Party councillor.
Robert Lindsay, a parliamentary candidate for South Suffolk, favours a proposal for a Braintree/Marks Tey bypass over traditional plans for a western relief road in Sudbury that would cross the meadows.
The proposal would create a new A120 Braintree Freeport to Marks Tey A12 route, potentially reducing traffic through Sudbury.
Mr Lindsay said: “I think it was two weeks ago that James Cartlidge declared that a western bypass was “the only option”, so I’m really glad that he is showing some signs of listening to what many, including the Sudbury Society, have been saying for some time.”
Mr Lindsay, while in support of plans not to cross the meadows, felt that a new road would not necessarily solve Sudbury’s problems.
“New roads, wherever you build them, simply generate more traffic,” he said.
He feels more achievable alternatives would include:
l Creating a 20mph zone
l Removing the “out-dated” one-way system
l Improving cycle paths and public transport.
Mr Lindsay added: “The cheapest and most environmentally sensitive way to divert HGVs from Sudbury is to alter the strategic lorry route so that it runs via the A134 to link up with the A12.”