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Plans to improve Tayfen Road junctions for users

Proposed changes at the Tayfen Road - Northgate Street roundabout
Proposed changes at the Tayfen Road - Northgate Street roundabout

The public will be consulted on plans for improving Bury St Edmunds’ Tayfen Road junctions from next week.

Suffolk County Council is to seek views on its ideas for improving the junctions at Northgate and Ipswich Streets for drivers, cyclists and walkers.

Proposed changes at the Tayfen Road - Ipswich Street roundabout
Proposed changes at the Tayfen Road - Ipswich Street roundabout

Carl Ashton, the county’s transport policy and development manager, said: “With this we’re trying to get people out of their cars on to sustainable transport, but those staying in their cars must be given a chance to use the junctions.”

He said gaps in traffic at Northgate Street roundabout were short and added: “We’re suggesting traffic signals to manage that and give everyone a fair crack of the whip.

“Pedestrian routes are non-existent but this will allow a pedestrian facility at the roundabout to give time to cross.”

The proposed junctions also have shared cycle/walking routes to the station and would eventually link to existing routes, funded by £2.8 million secured for sustainable transport in Bury.

Ward councillor David Nettleton said: “My overall impression from reading your briefing paper is that you put cars first, not last.”

Fellow ward councillor Julia Waklam said: “I dislike cycling on the roads in the town centre so the more we can have pedestrian/cyclist shared routes the better.”

The plans are at The Apex, West Suffolk House and Bury Library from July 11 to August 4 with consultation events at The Apex from 5-7pm on July 19 and noon- 2pm on July 24. Or visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/tayfenrd from Monday.


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