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Sudbury and Halstead councils lobby for changes to strategic lorry route to ease HGV burden on towns

Continued pressures of HGV traffic on Sudbury and Halstead have prompted two councils to join forces, in an effort to divert lorries away from pinch points in both towns.

The county councils of Suffolk and Essex have come under pressure to change the current strategic lorry route, following a meeting of Sudbury and Halstead councillors to discuss the issues facing the towns.

Under the current strategic route, HGVs are directed off the A12 at Boreham towards Sudbury, via the A131 through Halstead, which both town councils claim has led to lorries being forced to navigate several narrow roads, resulting in congestion issues.

HGV in Cross Street, Sudbury. (29142689)
HGV in Cross Street, Sudbury. (29142689)

Town councillors are arguing that the route should be altered so that HGV traffic exits the A12 at the new Northern Gateway Cuckoo Farm roundabout, through to the Sudbury industrial estate on the A134.

Deputy mayor of Sudbury Jack Owen, who also represents the town at Suffolk County Council, and town councillor Steve Hall met Halstead town councillor Andy Munday and Essex and Braintree councillor Jo Beavis on Monday night, when they agreed to work with officers at both county councils to try to move the proposals forward.

Cllr Owen told the Free Press that alternative measures are needed to alleviate the burden on the towns, after the long-running campaign to deliver a bypass for the Sudbury area fell by the wayside.

“It’s really to try to take away some of the traffic that doesn’t need to come into Sudbury and to take it away from Ballingdon Hill and Cross Street, because that’s a real bottleneck,” he said.

“Halstead is concerned about this as well. We bought into the idea that the least we could do is pressure the county councils to look at the road system, to see if we can improve it so the traffic doesn’t have to come that way.

“Currently, the route takes lorries through Braintree and Halstead and into Sudbury. It’s a real pinch point and it’s difficult to navigate the lorries easily. We believe there could be a better route.”

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