A plan for a cycleway bridge over the A14 was approved by Suffolk County Council’s Development Control Committee today.
But before the plan can go ahead, the county must apply for a traffic restriction order (TRO) prohibiting vehicles from a byway called Malthouse Lane, behind EMG’s car showrooms in Fornham Road, Bury St Edmunds.
The committee was recommended to grant permission for the bridge linking Northgate Avenue and Thingoe Hill from where cyclists will use Malthouse Lane to join Fornham Road near the railway bridge.
The £2 million plan includes using bollards to close the byway to vehicles but the county must get a TRO to legally do so, which could face objections.
Nick Storey, managing director of EMG whose site backs onto the byway, described the cycleway’s £2 million cost as “grossly disproportionate” in a letter to the county and objected to the scheme’s effect on security and staff parking.
The British Horse Society’s eastern region rights of way officer Alison Balfour-Lynn said today that she would be objecting to the TRO. The society wants carriage gaps instead of bollards but the county has said horsedrawn vehicles will be included in the ban.
The Department of Transport is providing £1.5 million and the county £500.000.