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Safety concerns over gateway sign to Bury St Edmunds




Gateway signs in Westley Road, Bury st Edmunds
Gateway signs in Westley Road, Bury st Edmunds

A long-awaited ‘gateway’ sign has gone up in Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds, but there is one problem – it is blocking the view from a family’s driveway.

For decades, resident Ed Smith has raised concerns about the speed at which vehicles use Westley Road.

New sign in Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds, which is blocking views from a driveway
New sign in Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds, which is blocking views from a driveway

He would like to see 30mph speed roundels and ‘slow’ painted on the road surface, but was pleased to see a ‘gateway’ sign installed displaying the speed limit – until he found out it created a total loss of vision from his neighbour’s drive.

Ed, who has asked Suffolk County Council to raise the name plate or provide a convex vision mirror, said: “It’s disappointing to see something that’s been in progress for about two and a half years, has professional engineers and design people’s input has got a number of major flaws.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Highways said: “We are currently looking at options to address the visibility problem with the design team. One of the options is to move the sign to the other side of the road and we will share more details in regards to the timescale for the project with the residents affected.”

Signs in Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds
Signs in Westley Road, Bury St Edmunds


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