MP’s pledge over bypass alternatives

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An MP has pledged to listen to constituents’ concerns and examine alternative bypass plans for Brandon.

Matthew Hancock, MP for West Suffolk, has said he will act upon the views given at a public meeting to discuss road proposals earlier this month.

He said: “The overwhelming feeling from people attending the meeting was agreement on the need for a bypass but concern about many specific parts of the plan being looked at.

“As well as doubts about the proposals, two other options for relieving the traffic were put forward and it is important these options are taken seriously. We are now going to do that.”

A proposal put forward by landowners that would see 2,500 houses built around a relief road was largely rejected by those who attended the public meeting.

Mr Hancock said that taking time to examine proposals will also allow the effect of dualling of the A11 to be considered. Forest Heath district councillor Eddie Stewart said that Brandon’s residents did not want a 
relief road predicated by thousands of houses. He called for a previously 
proposed bypass route, known as route d, to be 

Suffolk County Council’s cabinet member for roads and transport, Graham Newman, said that finding a solution to the ongoing traffic problems in Brandon remained a priority. He said the council was taking steps to secure government funding.

Cllr Newman said: “The solution to traffic issues in Brandon remains a top priority and is obviously completely necessary to foster economic and housing growth. However, there are a number of issues to sort out.”

A spokesman for Forest Heath District Council said: “We are in discussions with the developer on any proposals they may wish to bring forward through the planning process, at which point there will be something firm to work on”.

To see Matthew Hancock’s full response to the public meeting go to