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Damaged roads get much-needed TLC

A badly damaged Bury St Edmunds road has finally received some much-needed TLC - with more improvements planned for the town next week.

Residents living near Holderness Road had previously reported suffering sleepless nights due to noise from HGVs using the damaged road to travel to and from the sugar beet factory.

Colin Payne, a member of the Eastgate Ward Community Association, went so far as to say that it resembled ‘war-torn Beirut’.

But it was resurfaced last week, in time for this year’s busy beet campaign.

Mr Payne said: “The good news is that they were going to do two patches of repairs but deemed it beneficial to do the whole road from the junction of Hollow Road down to the entrance into British Sugar, where the barriers are.”

Motorists and cyclists have also been highly critical of the state of disrepair of Oakes Road and St Olaves Road.

Both roads are, however, due to be resurfaced over the course of eight days starting Monday (July 27) when they will be closed to through traffic from 8am-6pm.

Ernie Broom, a resident of the Howard Estate, said: “We’re hoping they’re going to do a good job on it, not just patch it up because they’ve been patching it up for some time which just doesn’t work.”

He added that no prior notification had been given of changes to bus routes.

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said both bus companies had been given prior notice of the road closures and it was up to them to plan accordingly.

Mulleys has been unable to provide any information on this but has advised customers to call its office on 01284 702830 or 01284 760641 for updates.

Stephensons of Essex said its 1 and 2 services would face diversions.

A spokesman for the company said the road works were due to be carried out in two stages, the first in Oakes Road from July 27 to July 29 and the second in St Olaves Road from July 30 to August 1, both from 8am-6pm.

During phase one, it will be unable to run any service in Oakes Road but buses will pick up on the normal route from St Olaves Road turning into Beetons Way.

During phase two, from Bedford Road its buses will turn left into Northumberland Avenue, following the road through to the junction with Tollgate Lane. They will then turn right into Beetons way at the roundabout adjacent to Ridgeons, then turning right into St Olaves following the road to Oakes Road. They will then turn left to rejoin the normal route.

Anyone with queries can call its office on 01440 704583.


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