Traffic survey for housing plans

A STUDY into traffic around Bury St Edmunds is taking place to test the waters for new housing developments.

The study, commissioned by building companies Taylor Wimpey, Berkley Group and Hopkins Homes, hopes to test the impact of future housing growth planned for the town.

Teams armed with automatic numberplate recognition cameras have been studying traffic and pedestrian movement in Bury since June 18 and will continue for the next two weeks.

They will use the information gathered to build a ‘strategic traffic model’ for the town which will help in future planning applications and designs.

A spokesman for St Edmundsbury Borough Council said: “The cameras installed in various locations in Bury St Edmunds are part of a two -week study to build a strategic traffic model of the town to test the potential impact of future housing growth planned for the town.

“The study has been commissioned by Berkeley Group, Taylor Wimpey and Hopkins Homes Ltd and has been designed in consultation with Suffolk County Council and the Highways Agency and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.

“The survey began on 18 June and looks at traffic flows, vehicle movements and pedestrian crossing points.

“All the data collected will be handled strictly according to data protection legislation.”