Council boss says relief road could cost £20m

Traffic congestion in Brandon at the top of the High Street.
Traffic congestion in Brandon at the top of the High Street.
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Council bosses and an MP have insisted there is ‘terrific demand’ for a Brandon relief road to be built - despite a £20 million price tag.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, met with representatives from Forest Heath District Council and Suffolk County Council to discuss possibilities last Friday.

Mr Hancock said the meeting was ‘useful and instructive’.

“There is widespread agreement that the Brandon Relief Road is critical, which is why it is important to get the key players round the table to push things forward.

“We made good progress and I am confident that the pieces the project needs to get going are starting to fall into place,” he said.

Guy McGregor, Suffolk County Council portfolio for transport, said the will for the road was there, but that financial difficulties may arise.

“It could cost something like £20 million to do as it would go across a river and a railway line.

“To get around the problem we may have to run it as a housing scheme,” he said.

James Waters, leader of Forest Heath, said: “There is a terrific demand among residents and businesses for a solution that will relieve the traffic congestion in Brandon.

“It’s never going to be a simple solution but while we’re all working together for the same end then I’m sure we’ll get something that’s right for Brandon.”