Anger at delays to traffic calming scheme in Bury St Edmunds

Residents in Westley Road hill have been campaigning to get speed constraint items installed for years, near where the road goes from a 60mph to a 30mph speed zone. ANL-140923-185205009
Residents in Westley Road hill have been campaigning to get speed constraint items installed for years, near where the road goes from a 60mph to a 30mph speed zone. ANL-140923-185205009
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Residents are becoming increasingly frustrated at being ‘left in the dark’ over plans to reduce the speed of traffic ‘hurtling’ past their homes.

Ed Smith has been spearheading a campaign to improve road safety in Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds, for more than two years.

He says, despite promises speed constraint items would be installed by June/July, nothing has materialised.

“Yet another Spring/Summer has passed with traffic rushing in and out with total disregard for the speed limit. Autumn is now upon us still without any results or even the courtesy of any update.”

He has recorded vehicles travelling at twice the 30mph speed limit and has labelled the pedestrian crossing at the top of the Westley Road hill a ‘potential death threat hazard’ because of the road layout.

“Really what we’re saying is they’re waiting for somebody to be killed before they will do something about the speed.”

Cllr Mark Ereira-Guyer and Cllr David Nettleton agreed a scheme to improve safety, based on what residents wanted, more than a year ago.

Cllr Ereira-Guyer said the lack of progress was ‘a clear example’ of Suffolk County Council not delivering.

A council spokeswoman said: “Road safety is of utmost importance.

“We continue to work with our partners, Kier MG, to introduce traffic calming measurements on Westley Road.”