First stretch of Bury St Edmunds’ Eastern Relief Road to open
The first part of the £15 million Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road is to open this afternoon - paving the way for thousands of new jobs and hundreds of homes.
The 350 metre stretch of road will make possible the delivery of 500 new homes and provides access to the Sybil Andrews Academy and community sports facilities.
It will also open up one part of the Suffolk Business Park site which will create thousands of jobs and millions of pounds for the area’s economy.
Cllr John Griffiths, leader of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, said: “This road isn’t just a piece of tarmac but a crucial part in the delivery of thousands of new jobs at the Suffolk Business Park and new homes to meet the local needs of our community.
“This first section will access the new school and with it community sports facilities that will benefit residents in the area.”
The road, which will run from Skyliner Way to junction 45 of the A14, is on track to be completed next summer.
Sybil Andrews Academy is currently based at the former St James Middle School site, in The Vinefields, and is on target to open at its purpose built base, in Rougham Tower Avenue, in January.
The relief road has been jointly funded by the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Suffolk County Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
Cllr James Finch, Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for Highways and Transport, said: “It’s good to see the first part of the Bury St Edmunds Eastern Relief Road completed.
“The benefits of this stretch of road will be realised immediately and when completed, it should ease congestion in the area.”
Chris Starkie, managing director of New Anglia LEP, added: “This is a flagship scheme for the East and an important part of the funding we secured from Government in our first Growth Deal.
“Infrastructure projects like this are playing a vital role in opening up our region, both for local businesses and future investors, as we grow our dynamic economy.
“We are delighted to be playing a key part, with our local authority partners, in bringing this important project forward.”
J Breheny Contractors were appointed by the county council in February and construction started in March.